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World Maritime Day 2018


 ​About World Maritime Day 2018

In 2018, IMO celebrates 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organization was adopted.

The World Maritime Day theme for the year is "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future".

This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.  


 IMO Secretary-General's message

  List of events

A series of activities and events are planned to mark the 70 years since the Convention establishing IMO was adopted in March 1948. They will also look ahead, to the future.

Events will include (further details will be made available in due course):

  • 6 March 2018 - a ceremony to mark the date when the IMO Convention was adopted was held at IMO Headquarters.
  • 15 May 2018 - a high level forum will be held at IMO Headquarters to discuss the Organization's history, its future challenges and role within the global trade in a changing world.
  • 25 June 2018 - the annual Day of the Seafarer. 
  • Late September 2018 - World Maritime Day celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world.
  • During 2018 – in conjunction with the International Congress of Maritime Museums a travelling exhibition will tour participating maritime museums.
  • During 2018 – a photography contest will be held.

Member Governments and international organizations are encouraged to organize events throughout the year to celebrate #IMO70 .

 World Maritime Day Forum 2018

On Tuesday 15 May 2018, a stimulating debate on
"IMO's role in the future of shipping and international trade"
took place at IMO Headquarters in London. See photos here. 

Listen to the debate
Download the poster

Richard Clayton
H.E. Kweku Ofori Asiamah; Peter Thomson; Xiaojie Zhang;
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen; Leo Ruijs; Diane Gilpin;
and Alan McKinnon


 Parallel event 2018

The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 will take place 13-15 June in Szczecin, Poland.

The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland and IMO.

The theme of the event is IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future. The event will include a conference devoted to maritime issues. There will also be a number of accompanying cultural, sports and recreational events for local and visiting guests.

The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin will be part of the celebration of the establishment of IMO as well as the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence.

for more information, please see the website:
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