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The World Maritime Day theme for 2012 is “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic
”, which will focus on the Organization’s roots and raison d’être, i.e. safety of life at sea.
One of the consequences of the sinking, in 1912, of the Titanic, in which more than 1,500 people lost their lives, was the adoption, two years later, of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (the SOLAS Convention). The 1914 version of the Convention was gradually superseded, respectively, by SOLAS 1929, SOLAS 1948, SOLAS 1960 (the first adopted under the auspices of IMO, then known as IMCO) and SOLAS 1974. SOLAS 1974 is still in force today, amended and updated many times.
This year's World Maritime Day theme will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments in maritime safety since that disaster and to examine which areas of ship safety should be given priority in the years to come.
The traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day will be held at IMO Headquarters on 27 September 2012.
World Maritime Day Parallel Event
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from 17 to 18 October 2012.