World Maritime Day

Read about the theme for this year’s World Maritime Day, scheduled for October 2017.

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About World Maritime Day

Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day. Each World Maritime Day focuses on a theme - emphasising an aspect of the IMO’s work.

World Maritime Day is an opportunity to learn about an aspect of the local and global maritime community.
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“Connecting Ships, Ports and People’ is the World Maritime Day theme for 2017.

The aim of the 2017 theme is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, by focussing on helping IMO Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.

List of events in New Zealand

See how New Zealand celebrated in 2016:

Industry Forums are held around the country.

Industry Forum

Date: 2 September 2016

To celebrate World Maritime Day, Maritime NZ hosted an annual industry forum.

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Merchant Navy Day is an annual event.

Merchant Navy Day

Date: 3 September 2016

This national commemoration honoured civilian sailors who served during WWI and WWII.

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