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.
Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, organized by IMO and the Government of Spain, Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain, 21-23 October 2019. The Conference aims to promote ratification of the Cape Town Agreement, a key IMO treaty for safety of fishing vessels. The entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement will help deter the proliferation of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, by establishing international safety standards for fishing vessels.
IMO currently has two main Awards: the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea and the International Maritime Prize.
Two key events held during the Facilitation Committee's 43rd session (FAL 43, 8-12 April 2019) - both are livestreamed. Women, ports and facilitation (10 April); Making cross border trade simpler (11 April).