World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, environment and emphasises aspects of IMO’s work.


Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day.

Each World Maritime Day has its own theme, emphasising a particular aspect of the IMO’s work. The day also focuses attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.

World Maritime Day is held during the last week of September each year, although the exact date is up to individual governments around the world.

World Maritime Day 2016

Theme: “Shipping - indispensable to the world”

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 IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today’s global society gives IMO’s work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible.

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