International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day every year. Different governments determine the exact day, although it is usually observed during the last week of September, usually on the last Thursday of the month. This year this day will be celebrated on 30th September.
During World Maritime Day, public attention is drawn to maritime safety and the marine environment as well as IMO initiatives in a particular area.
Without international shipping of products within the maritime industry, the world’s economy would not be able to function. This is often a reality that many people go unnoticed.
World Maritime Day: History and Significance
In 1948, an international convention in Geneva passed a convention establishing the IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping. In 1982, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) renamed the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO).
The main objective of the IMO is to focus on areas such as security, environmental issues, legal issues, technical cooperation, maritime security and maritime efficiency. World Maritime Day was first observed on 17 March 1978.
With the goal of raising awareness of the important contribution of shipping to the world, this initiative could become an important effort to unite the maritime community. The year 2021 has been chosen by the International Maritime Organization to mark the year of action for seafarers who, despite their key roles as key contributors to international offering chains, have faced unforeseen hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. faced.
World Maritime Day 2021: Theme
With the theme “Seafers: At the core of shipping’s future”, the World Maritime theme for 2021 aims to expand the visibility of seafarers, the vital role they play now and will continue to play in the near future.