World Maritime Day - Världssjöfartens Dag

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 25 September. The theme is IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation.

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 Morocco from 27 to 29 October.

In Sweden, World Maritime Day (known as Världssjöfartens Dag) celebrations will take place on 25 September in Gothenburg. WMU is participating as an organizer of the event and will be represented by Professor Olof Lindén. For details of the progam, click here.

For more information about the World Maritime Day message from IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, click here.

For more information about the parallel event in Morocco, click here.