World Maritime Day is an annual event observed on last Thursday of September to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work.
Observed on: Last Thursday of September (24 September 2020)
Organized by: UN, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
About World Maritime Day
To remember the contribution of international maritime industry towards the world’s economy, United Nations (UN) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrate the World Maritime Day. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.
The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 168 Member States and Three Associate Members. The IMO was first established by Geneva Convention in 1948 and first met in 1959. The main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.
Activities and Programs on Maritime Day
The day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work. Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide with different activities and events.
Some events and activities on the day includes symposiums, seminars, school lessons, exhibitions, etc. which aims to show importance and significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.
Theme for World Maritime Day
World Maritime Day 2020 Theme is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet“
Maritime Day 2019 Theme was “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community“
Maritime Day 2018 Theme was “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future“
2017 Theme: Connecting Ships, Ports and People
2016 Theme: Shipping: indispensable to the world
2015 Theme: Maritime education and training”
2014 Theme: IMO conventions: effective implementation
2013 Theme: Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20