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IMO has, over the years, built up an enviable track record for developing and adopting new international conventions, some 53 in all, aimed at ensuring that international shipping keeps up to date with technical and technological advances in safety, that it addresses the ever increasing number of environmental challenges and concerns of Member Governments and that it facilitates the payment of compensation in appropriate situations.
Nevertheless, adoption alone is only the first step of the treaty-making process; to be effective, adoption must be followed by entry into force and, subsequently, widespread implementation of the measures put in place by the conventions.

Watch the video message by IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu


Listen to the podcast

Click here for the podcast​: Find out the answers: What is World Maritime Day? What are the aims of this year’s theme and how will it be c​elebrated at IMO HQ and around the world?​


Message and background paper

For the World Maritime Day message from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and background paper in English, click here​.  

Other languages:

Arabic الأمين العام للمنظمة البحرية الدولية​

Chinese 国际海事组织公约:有效实施

French Conventions de l'OMI : Application efficace

Russian Конвенции ИМО: эффективное осуществление

Spanish Convenios de la OMI: Implantación efectiva​


Message of  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon​


World Maritime Day icons to download (in six languages).​



The traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day was held at IMO Headquarters on 25 September 2014.

World Maritime Day Parallel Event
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Morocco from 27 to 29 October 2014. ​For detailed information please see​.

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