For the 15th time, scientists from around the world met in Gdynia for the International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation TransNav 2023. The event was organised by the Faculty of Navigation at Gdynia Maritime University, in cooperation with the London-based Nautical Institute.
The conference is addressed to the scientific community and aims to transfer knowledge, experience, and research on various aspects of navigation, including the safety of marine navigation and sea transportation. The founder of the conference is HM The Rector of Gdynia Maritime University, Professor Adam Weintrit. In welcoming the participants to the event, the Rector drew their attention to the increasing interest in the conference and the increasing number of participants taking part in each edition:
“This year we have participants from 79 different countries around the world. 2 years ago there were 69, four years ago 66, 6 years ago 62, 8 years ago 57, and so on. […] Every second year we are growing and this conference is famous around the world. This year we have members of the scientific committee and reviewers of the conference from 79 different countries around the world.”
The 15th edition of the International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation TransNav focused on issues related to water transport, navigation, and human and cargo mobility in the context of energy, infrastructure, the environment, safety and economics.
On the first day of the conference, the Rector presented awards that have been awarded since 2019. The “Ulysses Award” was awarded to Captain Andre LeGoubin, Chair of the Nautical Institute, who joined the Rector in giving a speech at the start of the conference:
“Many of us are approaching the end of our careers, so it’s essential that we include the next generation of seafarers in these discussions. Our leaders of tomorrow are here with us today. They’re on our ships, they are in our offices, they’re in our schools, and they’re in our homes, and at our conference. We must engage with these younger career professionals and share our knowledge, share our experience, and share our thoughts with them, for they will be navigating our maritime industry into the future.”
The “Hevelius Award” for outstanding service to the development of navigation was awarded to the Dean of the Faculty of Navigation of Gdynia Maritime University, Dr Tomasz Neumann. The 15th edition of the TransNav conference gathered together more than 200 participants.