The University of Greenwich

The Secure Maritime Environment Research Centre

There is a pressing need for informed debate about the use of the ocean and the impact this has on the environment and on maritime security. Current discussion tends to be driven by western governments, with too little attention given to those in developing countries whose economic and social welfare depend on the sea. It is vital to achieve international consensus around regulation so that developing countries with little sway and the weakest infrastructures can effectively implement global policy. Our legacy to future generations must include a responsible, sustainable and secure shipping and fishing industry. Shipping must play its part in delivering safe, efficient and economic transport that is not only socially beneficial, but also minimises environmental impact.

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The University of Greenwich wants to become a leading voice in the debate on the sustainable use of the ocean and provide the training and education required by those in developing countries to have an impact on national policy, the responsible growth of industry and the future sustainable use of the maritime environment. The Secure Maritime Environment Research Centre will provide scholarships for postgraduate students to undertake advanced study of key areas of maritime activity. These students will be supported through study and doctoral research and beyond graduation through a network of academics committed to a sustainable and secure maritime environment. A network of academics, based at the University of Greenwich, will promote and practice research around the maritime environment. The centre will provide students and seafarers with an education that can be applied within a practical environment. The university is renowned for attracting students from across the globe and it is keen to further develop the minds of today, preparing them for the demands of tomorrow. The educational foundation for this project is a Masters Degree which will include six taught courses and a 20,000 word research dissertation. Beneficiaries: • Students who undertake study, including those from developing countries • Practitioners from developing countries employed in maritime industries who undertake professional development courses • Those in developing countries impacted by the teaching of the SMERC scholars • Communities whose well-being relies on healthy and sustainable use of the seas • The academic and research community, through global interaction • Policy makers in both developing and developed countries • An industry more attuned to the needs and sensitivities of the maritime environment Expected outcomes and long-term effects: • Greater sharing of information and understanding with developing countries • Better informed planning of maritime activity and security • Better informed policy making at national and international level • Ship owners and employees better equipped to ensure that their activity minimizes damage to the environment • An improved relationship between developing and developed countries • The long term impact of the centre will be a cleaner sea and a more sustainable and secure use of the sea as a resource Benefits for the sponsor: • The Centre will be named according to the sponsor’s wishes • Identification of the sponsor with the promotion of advanced maritime training/research • The centre will develop training, courses and seminars tailored to the needs of the industry • The university will allocate a marketing budget in promoting this programme and its sponsor to the maritime industry • The sponsor will have access to the consultancy services provided by the university across a range of relevant disciplines The complete project, over the scheduled 5 years, will require £2,471,190 funding. This will include academic staff, student scholarships and base costs to make the project a reality.