The World Maritime Day 2023

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DATE 25.09.2023

The World Maritime Day 2023 takes place on 28 September 2023. The day was created to honor the tireless work of international maritime industry workers. The word ‘maritime’ comes from the Latin word ‘maritimus,’ which means ‘of the sea.’

World Maritime Day sheds light on the crucial role played by each maritime officer, service agent, and seafarer in our personal lives. Life at sea is full of challenges and the emotional strain of prolonged separation from loved ones. Since 1978, the last Thursday of every September has been designated as World Maritime Day, aligning with the founding year of the International Maritime Organization in 1958.

The history of the World Maritime Day

A secure and reliable global shipping industry serves as the bedrock of the worldwide free market. Its cost-effective and efficient transportation capabilities make it an indispensable asset to our shared prosperity, providing employment to over 1.5 million individuals.

The establishment of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1948 marked a significant milestone in the regulation of the shipping sector. The IMO maintains an extensive framework encompassing technical collaboration, environmental oversight, legal recourse, and staff safety.

Over the years, the primary focus of the International Maritime Organization has revolved around fostering sustainable working conditions for its workforce worldwide. The IMO strives to establish an institutional framework that prepares us for a green conscious future while embracing the integration of new technologies, innovative methodologies, effective training and heightened security measures.

Several decades after its establishment, the International Maritime Organization designated the last Thursday of every September as World Maritime Day. A unique theme is chosen annually for the celebration.

This year's World Maritime theme is "MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on".

The theme represents the organization's extensive track record in protecting the environment from the impact of shipping through a resilient regulatory framework.

It also emphasizes the organization's commitment to this important work.

"MARPOL at 50 – Our Dedication Endures," brings attention to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). This convention addresses the prevention of marine pollution caused by ships, whether through operational procedures or unforeseen incidents.

How does IMO’s marine protection treaty make a difference?

IMO's marine protection treaty, the MARPOL Convention, serves as the primary framework for safeguarding the marine environment from ship-related pollution. This comprehensive treaty comprises six technical Annexes that address various aspects of pollution prevention. Explore the images below to discover the tangible impact of this treaty on marine protection.

How does IMO’s marine protection treaty make a difference

Who established the International Maritime Organization?

IMO was established by the United Nations, 20 years after the Titanic disaster which had a profound global impact and highlighted the hazards within the unregulated maritime industry.

How to celebrate the World Maritime Day?

1. Learn about maritime Issues.

Take the time to educate yourself and others about the challenges and issues facing the maritime industry. This can include environmental sustainability, safety at sea, piracy, and the importance of international shipping.

2. Attend maritime events.

Check if there are any local or online events, seminars, or workshops related to maritime topics happening in your area or online. These events often feature experts in the field who can provide valuable insights.

3. Visit maritime museums.

If there are maritime museums or historical sites related to maritime history and culture in your area, consider visiting them. They often have special exhibitions and programs for World Maritime Day.

4. Support maritime charities.

Consider donating to or volunteering with organizations that work to support the well-being of seafarers, protect the marine environment, or promote maritime education and research.

5. Host a maritime-themed event

Organize an event or gathering with a maritime theme. This could include a seafood feast, a boat race, or a beach cleanup to raise awareness about marine conservation.

6. Raise awareness.

Use social media and other communication channels to share interesting facts, articles, and stories about the maritime industry and its impact on our daily lives.

7. Support sustainable practices.

Promote and support sustainable practices in the maritime industry, such as advocating for clean energy use on ships, reduced plastic waste, and responsible fishing practices.

8. Recognize seafarers.

Take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices of seafarers who spend long periods away from their families to keep global trade flowing.

9. Support International Maritime Organizations.

Familiarize yourself with international maritime organizations like the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and their initiatives. You can also support their campaigns and programs.

10. Engage with the maritime community.

If you have connections in the maritime industry, talk to them to learn more about their experiences and challenges. This can provide valuable insights and help build a sense of community.

Remember that the key to celebrating World Maritime Day is to raise awareness and promote understanding of the importance of the maritime industry in our daily lives and global economy, as well as the need for sustainable practices to protect our oceans and seas.

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