World Maritime Day
World Maritime Day was first held in 1978 to mark the 20th anniversary of the IMO Convention’s entry into force. Celebrations are held throughout the world 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.
This year, Sweden's World Maritime Day event with be held at WMU on 26 September. A full programme is expected to be available in August.
World Maritime Day celebrations are usually held during the last week in September, and this year the traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day will be held at IMO Headquarters on 28 September. The 2017 theme is Connecting Ships, Ports and People.
Since 2005, in addition to the official IMO celebrations held at IMO Headquarters in London, there has been a Parallel Event hosted by a Member State. This year’s Parallel Event will take place in Panama (1-3 October 2017).