World Maritime Day 2016 – Shipping: Indispensable to the World
September 28, 2016 - 9:17pm

This year’s World Maritime Day is celebrated on 29 September with the theme, Shipping: Indispensable to the World. The spotlight is shed on the role that shipping plays and the contribution it makes to and the economic impact it has on the global economy as well as the impact it has on our daily lives. The theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the global regulatory body for international shipping.

In celebration of World Maritime Day, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, stated “Shipping is indispensable to the world not only because more than 80 percent of world trade is carried by ships, but also because in the globalized world in which we live, it is the most economical and energy efficient means of transport for goods and products of all kinds. The world depends on shipping for the clothes we wear, the coffee we drink, the bananas we eat and the energy we consume to keep us warm or to make the wide range of products we need. The IMO, and its global body of international regulations, ensure that this vital sector remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure, thereby contributing to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goals 7 and 14 and to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

World Maritime Day was first held in 1978 to mark the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the IMO Convention that established the Organization. Since then, World Maritime Day celebrations have been 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. 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 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held by the Republic of Turkey in Istanbul, from 4 to 6 November.

World Maritime Day celebrations are usually held during the last week in September each year. To view the 2016 World Maritime Day video featuring IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Kitack Lim, click here.

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