World Maritime Day 2018
In 2018, IMO will celebrate 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organization was adopted.
The World Maritime Day theme for the year is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.
This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all. World Maritime Day will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters in September when the traditional diplomatic recpetion will take place.
About World Maritime Day
World Maritime Day was first held in 1978 to mark the 20th anniversary of the IMO Convention’s entry into force. Celebrations are 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. World Maritime Day celebrations are usually held during the last week in September.
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 Parallel Event will take place in the Republic of Poland in June.