Hippocampus arrives in Shanghai
The South Korean Maritime University training ship Hippocampus arrived in Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal on 11 May, 2011, for a five-day visit, her first of the year. Built in 1993, she is a good sized ship, 52 meters long and eight metres wide, with a total tonnage of 529 tons. She was carrying a crew of 57, including students and tutors from the South Korean Maritime University, for an exchange visit with China's Shanghai Maritime University.
South Korean marine studies include IEC standardization
Jacquemart could not help but notice the six smiling individuals posing for photos in their gleaming white uniforms. Approaching them and offering to take a group picture he said, "I've seen the flag so I know that you're from South Korea." Then enquiring about their visit to Shanghai and learning that they were from the Maritime University, he said, "So you know about IMO [International Maritime Organization]?" The answer, of course, was positive and he questioned further. "How about the IEC?"
Safety at sea
He was impressed to learn of their detailed knowledge. They were perfectly aware of all the International Standards of IEC TC 80: Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems. They were also well versed on matters of safety at sea, so their conversation continued on the subject of the IEC 61097 series that deals with the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System).
Closing the gap between standardization and academia
Jacquemart was excited to see how an academic institution had taught its students so much about the importance of standards and how he was able to converse so easily with this group of young people. "IEC TC 80 is meeting in Melbourne for the General Meeting this year," he told them. Wouldn't it be exciting if you could be there to exchange ideas and views with the people responsible for publishing the International Standards that deal with your area?"