Celebrating the World Maritime Day

15 September 2016  |  C16023

During the week of 26th to 30th of September the maritime community celebrates the World Maritime Day.  This year theme is “Shipping: indispensable to the world”.

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In accordance with the International Maritime Organization, the theme was adopted to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits for consumers across the world through competitive freight costs. There are more than 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations and manned by more than a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.

Over the past 50 years and more, IMO has developed and adopted a comprehensive framework of global regulations covering maritime safety, environmental protection, legal matters and other areas. For the purposes of promotion of the World Maritime Day, IMO has developed a logo which we invite all to incorporate under their email signatures for the month of September 2016.


For more information on this year’s theme click here

World Maritime Day celebrations

World Maritime Day will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters on 29th of September 2016. The 2016 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 4 to 6 November 2016.

Message from IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim

In his message the IMO Secretary-General stresses out the importance of Shipping, and IMO, have a major role to play in translating the momentum generated by these agreements into tangible improvements in the lives of the people we serve.  As stated in his message:  “In today’s economy, people all over the world rely on ships to transport the commodities, fuel, foodstuffs, goods and products on which they depend. Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and global markets. Ships have never been so technically advanced, so sophisticated, never carried so much cargo, never been safer and never been so environment-friendly as they are today. It is thanks to this global fleet and global workforce of over one million seafarers that the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world can take place.”

Here you may find the full IMO Secretary-General message.

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