World Maritime Day
Ecology and Environment
7th Oct, 2022
World Maritime Day is observed every year on the last ‘Thursday’ of every September. This year it is observed on September 29.
About World Maritime Day:
- The English team ‘maritime’ originates from the Latin word ‘maritimus,’ which means ‘of the sea.’
- The day sheds light on the role seafarers, service agents, and marine officials play in our personal life.
- Sea life is undoubtedly challenging given the strain of working long hours for uncertain compensation and being away from home.
- World Maritime Day is celebrated annually to offer an opportunity to focus its attention on the significance of shipping as well as other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of the work of the International Maritime Organization.
- Without the international transportation of goods which is facilitated by those in the maritime industry, the world's economy may be unable to function.
- World Maritime Day was 1st held in 1978, to mark the 20 anniversary of the International Maritime Organization, which has been expanded from the original 21 member states to 167 and presently it encompasses all major nations, that are involved in the maritime industry.
- The theme for 2022: New technologies for greener shipping.
- The need to promote a green transition of the maritime industry into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind is reflected in this year’s theme for the day.
- It offers a chance to concentrate on the significance of a sustainable maritime industry and the necessity to rebuild better and more sustainably in a post-pandemic world.
International Maritime Organization:
- The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations which regulates the shipping industry.
- The organization was established in the year 1948 in Geneva and came into force in 1959.
- It now has 171 member states and 3 associate members.
- Its headquarters are in London, United Kingdom.
- The IMO’s role is to develop and ensure a comprehensive regulatory framework for the shipping industry.