Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Take a Chance to Sign Up for Webinar on the Problem of Whale Strikes

Limited Places for Interested Parties
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Friend of the Sea, a project of the World Sustainability Organization (WSO), will be holding a free to attend webinar 'Whale Ship Strikes: conservation initiatives and the Whale Safe project' for any interested parties.

Sadly, as our picture shows, although commercial whaling is now criticised by many countries around the globe, the risk of commercial vessels hitting whales, often with fatal results, has grown, just as the size of the ships has grown.

The webinar, to be held on 17th of February 2022 at 3:00 pm Central European Time (CET) which is GMT + 1 hour (2pm in the UK), and hosted from Milan should appeal to a wide range of interests, from shipping lines and operators, fishing companies, dolphin and whale watching interests, government and environmental parties, to bloggers influencers and more.

The webinar is scheduled to include sessions with presentations from the likes of Wolfram Guntermann, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Hapag-Lloyd AG, Simone Panigada, President at the Tethys Research Institute and Roberto Lombardi, from the Conservation Campaigns Department at Friend of the Sea.

These three will cover a range of aspects from the biology and species of whales affected, their status and potential threats, conservation initiatives and the ‘Whale Safe’ campaign, together with possible solutions and ways of working with shipping and cruise lines to reduce the problem.

It is suggested interested parties sign up HERE as soon as possible as the session is limited to 200 participants. Friend of the Sea certificates of attendance will be issued to all attendees and there will be the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers during the webinar.

Photo: Courtesy of Souffleurs d’Ecume, literally ‘foam blowers’ which studies and monitors collisions between ships and cetaceans.