As part of the “Maritime Lebanon” webinar series run and commissioned by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the World Maritime University (WMU) engineered and moderated the second webinar offering delivered on 13 July 2021 under the theme “Safety and Security of Shipping.”
Dr Aref Fakhry, WMU Associate Professor, moderated the webinar that brought together a panel of four speakers from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and a local ship agency and surveying company, Admiral Ship Management.
The webinar took place just prior to the first anniversary of the Beirut port’s devastating explosion, which happened on 4 August 2020. The disaster led to at least 207 deaths and 7,500 injuries, an estimated US$15 billion in property damage, and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless.
The webinar featured an open and frank discussion on the challenges facing Lebanon in the implementation of international conventions and regulations aimed at the safety and security of ports and shipping. WMU alumnus, Capt. Hassan Chaaban (MSc 1987), Technical Advisor at the Directorate General of Land and Maritime Transport of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport, presented several challenges facing Lebanon including obsolescent or inexistent laws and regulations, insufficient human resources in maritime agencies, and the need for internal oversight and accountability mechanisms.