World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day, Sweden 2017

On 26 September, Sweden's World Maritime Day celebrations will take place at the World Maritime University in Malmö. ”Connecting Ships, Ports and People” was selected by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 to provide an opportunity to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the shipping and logistics areas. The Swedish Maritime Forum organises Sweden’s World Maritime Day celebrations annually together with co-organisers. This year’s celebration is in close cooperation with the World Maritime University, founded by the IMO in 1983.

When? Tuesday 26 September, 13.00-16.00. Doors open at 12:00 NOTE: Valid ID-document with photo must be shown.

Where? World Maritime University (Sasakawa Auditorium), Fiskehamnsgatan 1, Malmö

Registration: Last day to register: 20 September. The seminar and following reception are free of charge, but registration is required. There is a no-show charge of SEK 500. Register at www.maritimeforum.se, click on “Anmälan Världssjöfartens Dag.”

To view the event flyer, click here.

13.00 – Introduction

Joachim Glassell, Director, The Swedish Maritime Forum

2017 IMO-speech and presentation of World Maritime University

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University

Sea Traffic Management - Connecting Ships, Ports and People

Ulf Siwe, STM Validation Communications Officer, Swedish Maritime Administration

Digitalisation and how it ́s connecting people

Annika Elfström, Head of Digital Transformation Lab, Stena Rederi

Connecting the world through shipping

Rikard Engström, CEO, The Swedish Shipowners’ Association

Port Development in the City of Malmö

Magnus Alfredsson, Property developer, Real estate office City of Malmö


16.00 End of seminar

16.00 – 19.00 Maritime mingle

Maritime mingle hosted by World Maritime University (by invitation only).

About 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.

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).