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About World of Shipping Portugal
World of Shipping Portugal is a web-based initiative established in 2018 by Ana Casaca, its Founder and Owner, to disseminate Maritime Economics related knowledge thus enlarging the scope of the original idea. The ojective is to "Deliver Knowledge, Training and Translation Services in the Field of Maritime Economics". To achive this purpose, this initiative covers three activity areas, namely Training, Research and Translation Services. The reasonings behind the choice of these areas are found below.
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Training, because the industry needs knowledgeable professionals; moreover, training allows professionals to expand their competencies. With the opportunity to attend well-elaborated and focused training programmes, professionals can increase their competencies, i.e. knowledge, skills and abilities, which altogether contribute to address their weaknesses, improve their performance and job satisfaction. As a result, training leverages the competitive edge of companies and, in the long-term, contributes to business sustainability. The World of Shipping Portugal Training Chapter covers four relevant elements, which contribute to the development of knowledgeable professionals; they are 1) a Structured Training Programme, 2) a set of Resources' Databases, 3) an Online Book on Maritime Issues and a 4) Maritime Economics Dictionary (English - Portuguese).
The World of Shipping Portugal Training Programme
The World of Shipping Portugal Training Programme is comprehensive in order to provide a broad view of the maritime transport activity; it aims at providing Participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to improve their competencies. To achieve this, the Training Programme covers the areas of Distribution Channels and Logistics, Maritime Economics, and Maritime and Logistics English. Courses within each of these areas cover different topics and their contents have been designed in such a way that Participants can obtain synergies from the competencies they get from attending each of the proposed Courses. Training is to be delivered either on-line through the e-Learning platform NEWROW or in-class. While on-line class training provides an opportunity to reduce the price of training and to manage time more efficiently where busy professionals fit their training needs around their lifestyle and work schedule, in-class training offers the opportunity to establish good human relationships, a feature from which the maritime industry has benefitted throughout the years.
The World of Shipping Portugal Resources Databases
The World of Shipping Portugal Resources Databases, provide a wide range of information that the Industry, Leading Academic Scientists, Researchers, Research Scholars, Students and all Interested Stakeholders can use in daily lives. The information provided has been classified under 3 Broad Categories:
1) Training and Research Resources (Books, Journals, Magazines & Newspapers, Other Publications, Research related Information, Glossaries & Dictionaries, Miscellaneous Information).
2) Relevant Organisations in Shipping (Political related Organisations, Economic related Organisations, Environmental related Organisations, Logistics & Transport related Organisations).
3) Maritime Organisations (Blue Economy Organisations, Market Organisations, Technical Organisations, Insurance / Legal Organisations, Education/Training Organisations, Social Organisations, Seaport Organisations, Cultural Organisations).
This Training Resources Database is already available, however it will never be finished or completed since it will be constantly updated. Ana Casaca welcomes all inputs that relate to the contents found in each of the Categories / Sub-categories. She also appreciates that web-page visitors inform her about any broken links.
The World of Shipping Portugal Book
The purpose of the World of Shipping Book is to offer online access to a wide range of information that the Founder and Owner of this initiative has been gathering throughout the years. This work is underway.
The Maritime Economics Dictionary (English - Portuguese)
This is an ongoing project that covers terminology belonging to several distinct technical areas which have been identified throughout the years and which are relevant to Maritime Economics. Moreover, it wants to bring together umbrella of one document, a wide range of terminology within the scope of Maritime Economics that is scattered along many different sources.
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Shipping is an international activity responsible for the movement of thousands of tons of goods and thousands of passengers on national, regional and international scales. From an economic perspective, shipping can be seen as the driver of globalisation. It is the only mode of transport that witnessed a decrease in the price charged for the goods as a result of increasing economies of scale and in this regards the statistics indicate that shipping is responsible for the movement of 75-80% of goods traded internationally. To support these international activities, hundreds of ships of different types and sizes ply the oceans and the seas on a daily basis. The evolutionary path that ships have been subject to has been immense. The advent of the steam allowing the establishment of regular maritime operations, the establishment of the communications systems allowing information to flow, the lately development the container are important milestones that the industry has witnessed. On board them, numerous seafarers perform a wide range of activities whose training is governed by international legislation, and even if unmanned vessels are operated, these professionals will still be needed to control these transport units from shore-based stations. Likewise, seaports faced numerous technological changes and to become more competitive, they have adopted new governance models.
The implementation of safer maritime operations has been an industry goal as a means to minimise the loss of life at sea. Pollution accidents at sea also contributed to draw the attention of the impact of shipping on the environment and in this regard, the International Maritime Organisation has devised numerous legislative measures. Although shipping is seen to be the cleanest transport mode, mainly in terms of CO2 emissions, when a comparison is made relatively to the other transport modes, it is understood that the industry still has opportunity for improvements. The shipping activity still has severe implications for the air and the water quality, and the marine and estuarine biodiversity, which must be minimised. Within this scope, well-elaborated research and development activities have a role to play, since they will help the industry to become more sustainable in the long-term. The worldwide research community is currently addressing numerous maritime research areas (for instance, autonomous vessels, green ports, maritime training, alternative maritime fuels, etc.), and in this regard, any contribution that benefits the industry is more than welcomed. It is with this spirit, that the ‘World of Shipping Portugal, An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs’ and the ‘World of Shipping Portugal, An International Journal on Maritime Affairs’ are being promoted to help the maritime industry striving for a better future!
The World of Shipping Portugal, An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs
The first edition of the 'World of Shipping Portugal, An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs’ took place in 21-22 November 2019, at Hotel Riviera, in Carcavelos, Portugal.
The second edition of the 'World of Shipping Portugal, An International Research Conference on Maritime Affairs’ will take place in 28-29 January 2021, at Hotel Riviera, in Carcavelos, Portugal.
The World of Shipping Portugal, An International Journal on Maritime Affairs
Within the scope of the World of Shipping Portugal, research comprises two activities. The first one is the creation of a Journal namely the ‘World of Shipping Portugal, An International Journal on Maritime Affairs’ ; in a world where more academics are involved in research, a new journal seems to be the right direction to follow.
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 Translation Services
The last activity concerns Translation Services in the field of Maritime Economics because there is a dearth of literature in Portuguese. This area also provides some information to be used by translators, although it is limited in scope. For further information, Ana Cristina Casaca invites the industry, leading academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, students and all interested stakeholders to follow the links and have a deeper insight about the work being performed.
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 Translation Services
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