by Mitchelle Uzorka
World Maritime Day is usually celebrated every last Thursday of September. This year, it was observed on September 29 2022.
The World Maritime Day 2022 Parallel Event will be organized in Durban, South Africa from 12th to 14th October 2022. The day focuses on drawing public attention to maritime safety and the marine environment.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2022 is ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ – which reflects the need to support a “green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind.” It provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post-pandemic world.
In 1948, an international conference in Geneva passed a specialized convention that established the IMO, an agency under the United Nations. It was established to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping. The main objective of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) remains to focus on areas such as safety, environmental issues, legal issues, technical cooperation, maritime safety and maritime efficiency. World Maritime Day was celebrated for the first time on March 17, 1978.