Special thanks to USCG Lieutenant Commander Mark Sawyer, supervisor of the group from World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, for this great post.
On June 16 while docked in Copenhagen, Denmark, the ms Rotterdam proudly hosted 40 students from the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. The students represented two postgraduate specialties: the Marine Safety and Environmental Administration Specialty and the Marine Environment and Oceans Management Specialty. While onboard, the students watched a video about HAL’s Environmental Management System, then they were escorted through the ship hearing presentations from senior crew members on waste stream management, onboard safety, drills and bridge navigation.
They also had the opportunity to witness an inflated life raft during our boat drill, and visit the waste management facilities. Very few of the students had ever been onboard a ship, not to mention a passenger ship of such size and advanced technology. The information passed onboard significantly enhanced their understanding of safety and environmental regulations. It also gave them an appreciation of the challenges faced with putting these safety and environmental regulations into practice on a daily basis.