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The conference, jointly organized by the university’s faculty and The Nautical Institute since 2007, was held on June 21-23, 2017 in Gdynia, Poland. The event was addressed to scientists and professionals in order to share their expert knowledge, experience and research results concerning all aspects of navigation, safety of navigation and sea transportation.
The 12th edition of this innovative world conference on maritime transport research is designed to find solutions to challenges in waterborne transport, navigation and shipping, mobility of people and goods with respect to energy, infrastructure, environment, safety and security as well as to the economic issues.
Gdynia Maritime University is the largest state school of higher maritime education in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. Since 1920 the University has been preparing graduates for officer positions on board merchant marine vessels and for managerial positions at the land-based institutions and companies representing the maritime industry and seaside regions.
The recently-appointed Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute was pleased to attend in person and to deliver a welcome address to the delegates. As well as participating actively in the technical sessions, Captain John Lloyd was the lead judge for one of the poster competitions and remarked: ‘These posters have been used to bring projects and ideas to life. The imaginative use of pictures and graphics enables the reader to understand complex issues and grasp the key points very quickly’.
As well as supporting key functions with the organisers and participants, Captain Lloyd visited the tall ship Dar Mlodziezy and supported the NI branch meeting held at the University.
During the Conference the Honorary Secretary of the NI Ukrainian branch Professor Vladimir Torskiy,FNI was awarded the Certificate of the Honorary Fellowship of TransNav in recognition of his long-standing service and commitment to the Conference.

Captain John Lloyd;
Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute





Наша справка Gdynia Maritime University is the largest state school of higher maritime education in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. Since 1920 the University has been preparing graduates for officer positions on board merchant marine vessels and for managerial positions at the land-based institutions and companies representing the maritime industry and seaside regions.

Message from Conference Chairman
Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Dear Participants 2017,

It is my pleasure and honour to welcome you to TransNav 2017, the 12th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation jointly organized by the Faculty of Navigation, Gdynia Maritime University and the Nautical Institute. Welcome to Gdynia. I am glad to see such a wide range of stakeholders today ready to debate and exchange views and thank you all for coming.
The delegates are from over hundred institutions from many countries around the world: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.
As you can see more than 60 countries are involved in TransNav 2017 as the Scientific Committee members, reviewers, authors of papers, presenters, attenders, partners, exhibitors and sponsors. Among us are presidents and rectors of universities, deans of faculties, directors of institutes, heads of departments, scientists, researchers, professors, lecturers and students, master mariners, skippers and yachtsmen, representatives of international organizations, maritime administration, maritime institutions in higher education, universities and academies, institutes of navigation, hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic offices, space agencies, maritime safety agencies, ports, transport and logistics companies, shipping industry, shipowners, navy, coastguards, classification societies, and marine manning agencies. This time our special guest is Capt. John Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Nautical Institute, who represents the President of the Nautical Institute, Capt. David (Duke) Snider. Welcome to Prof. Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director of IAMU (International Association of Maritime Universities), Prof. Yasuo Arai, President of the IAIN (International Association of Institutes of Navigation) and Prof. Tadeusz Kaczorek, doctor honoris causa of our Alma Mater. Branch chairmen of the Nautical Institute from Philippines, Japan, Ukraine and Poland, presidents of the national navigation institutes from China, Japan, Korea, and Poland, and many other excellent guests joined our Conference.
Unfortunately, this year, we have lost our recently deceased professors: Michal Holec, former dean of the Faculty, co-founder and first chairman of the Conference, John Kemp from the UK and Leif Bjomo from Denmark, long-time members of the Scientific Committee.
To conclude, I believe that the 12th TransNav 2017 International Conference will serve as a good discussion platform for safety at sea, maritime security and protection of the maritime environment. I wish you an enjoyable and productive visit to Gdynia. I wish all participants fruitful discussions! Special thanks are for members of the Organising Committee.
With kindest regards
Prof. Adam Weintrit, Master Mariner, FNI, FR1N Chairman of the Conference
Opening Address for TransNav 2017
Dear Conference Colleagues,
With a host of IMO resolutions becoming active or being implemented this year, 2017 is once again proving to be a busy one for mariners adopting further changes in their regulatory environment. Important modifications in the requirements for operations in Polar Regions, changes to the Maritime Labour Convention, adjustments to MARPOL as well as the activation of the Ballast Water Management Convention will all add to the operational demands on the seafarer.
I know we will hear much about these and other matters in the coming days.
In the midst of all this change, the maritime community from around the world has an opportunity during this conference to take a moment to reflect for a while on the detail of these changes. To determine how those of us working on shore can be most effective in supporting our mariners at the sharp end of implementation.
We all have a responsibility in this regard. From the training colleges and universities, management companies and employers, national authorities and of course professional bodies such as The Nautical Institute, we all have a contribution to make in preparing our seafarers to be as safe and effective as possible.
The Nautical Institute is proud to support this event and to salute the efforts that go into its organisation under the direction of Rector, Professor Zar^bski; Dean of the Faculty of Navigation Professor Smolarek; and Conference Chairman Professor Adam Weintrit, as well as other members of the organising committee.
The conference aims align closely with professional development initiatives that The Nautical Institute has recently implemented such as dedicated training for those conducting navigation assessments and the highly effective Navigator magazine with a global distribution in excess of 100,000.
Last month I announced the launch of The Nautical Institute Ice Navigator qualification and later this year we will see further programmes for the offshore sector covering technical staff on offshore vessels and special training for emergency shiphandling in these vessels.
There is much to do and we are delighted to be part of the energy deployed to raise standards and improve safety.
On behalf of the President of The Nautical Institute, Captain David (Duke) Snider, FNI, it gives me great pleasure to deliver this message and to welcome you to the 12th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, TransNav 2017.
I wish you an enjoyable and productive visit to Gdynia. I am sure that by the time you leave you will enjoy a better understanding of some of the important matters facing us today and that you will be equipped to help deliver sustainable and effective solutions.

With very best regards
Captain John Lloyd;
Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute
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