The World Maritime Day theme for 2015 is “Maritime education and training”.
The theme was adopted to focus attention, throughout the year, on the wider spectrum of maritime education and training, in particular its adequacy and quality, as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
The 1978 STCW Convention and Code, as amended, set the
international benchmark for the training and education of seafarers.
While compliance with its standards is essential for serving on board
ships, the skills and competence of seafarers, and indeed, the human
element ashore, can only be adequately underpinned, updated and
maintained through effective maritime education and training.
World Maritime Day was celebrated at IMO Headquarters on
Thursday, 24 September 2015, but other events and activities focusing on
maritime education and training are being held throughout the year.
World Maritime Day open mornings
IMO hosted two open mornings, at IMO Headquarters, to promote the 2015 World Maritime Day theme. Member States' officer trainee cadets attended the events, serving as role models for those students considering a career at sea.
The first day (22 September) was for primary school students. The pupils enjoyed an interactive session where they learned about ships, the cargoes they carry, regulations for ships and the whole range of careers in the maritime world. They then took turns on ship simulators, loaned by ARI World, and were interviewed about what they had learned. (See photos here.)
The second day (23 September) was for secondary school students, who heard speakers from Southampton Solent University (Warsash Maritime Academy); the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); Plymouth University (School of Marine Science and Engineering and Plymouth Business School); and from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. The 120 students then enjoyed trying out ship simulators, loaned by ARI World, and were able to quiz people working in the maritime field, including current students and cadets, on maritime training and careers. The event was supported by Careers at Sea, Institute of Chartered shipbrokers, IMarEST, Plymouth University and Southampton Solent University (Warsash Maritime Academy). (See photos here.) .
Symposium: "Shipping's future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?"
The IMO symposium, held on 24 September, provided an opportunity for a discussion on the future of maritime education and training and how it can meet the demands of the shipping industry and aimed to address the World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training”, through targeted discussion on the topic: "Shipping's future needs people: Is global maritime education and training on course?".
Read the press briefing here.
Member Governments, the maritime industry and training centres have been organizing their own events to support the theme.
Parallel Event 2015