Every year IMO celebrates World Maritime Day, which 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. Each World Maritime Day has its own theme, which is reflected in IMO’s work throughout the year in question, and its own logo. World Maritime Day is celebrated in the last week of September each year, although the exact date is up to individual governments around the world.
Day of the seafarer is an official United Nations international observance day which takes place every year on 25 June. It is organized by the International Maritime Organization and aims to increase awareness among the general public of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers for their unique, and all-too-often overlooked, contribution they make to the well-being of all of us.
IMO hosted two events focusing on the port sector, building on IMO's World Maritime Day theme for 2017 "Connecting Ships, Ports and People", with a programme of presentations and discussion sessions featuring representatives of Member States, international organizations and ports.
IMO currently has two main Awards: the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea and the International Maritime Prize.