World Maritime Day
Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The day is used 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.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2015 is“Maritime education and training”. The theme was adopted to focus attention on the wider spectrum of maritime education and training, in particular its adequacy and quality, as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 168 Member States and three Associate Members. The IMO was first established by convention in 1948 and held its first meeting in1959. IMO’s main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping that includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. The IMO is based in the United Kingdom with around 300 international staff. IMO’s specialized committees and sub-committees are the focus for the technical work to update existing legislation or develop and adopt new regulations, with meetings attended by maritime experts from Member Governments, together with those from interested intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. The result is a comprehensive body of international conventions, supported by hundreds of recommendations governing every facet of shipping. The conventions include key treaties such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) for the prevention of accidents, including standards for ship design, construction, equipment, operation and manning, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) for the prevention of pollution by ships, and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), for the standards of training for seafarers.
World Maritime Day is used 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. The theme for 2015 is“Maritime education and training”, focussing attention on the importance of adequate education and training to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable shipping industry.