World Maritime Day theme 2024


Navigating the future: safety first!

"Navigating the future: safety first!" has been the theme selected for the International Maritime Organization's 2024 World Maritime Day, which will culminate in the celebration of World Maritime Day on 26 September 2024.

IMO Secretary-General Message

Watch IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez video message on the World Maritime Day theme 2024:


World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2024

The World Maritime Day Parallel Event (WMDPE) will be held in Spain in 2024. 

WMO-IMO Symposium 

WMO and IMO are bringing together experts for a second International Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather: `Bridging the Knowledge Gap Towards Safer Shipping’. 

The event will take place on 23-26 September 2024 at IMO Headquarters, London. Read more details here


The 2024 World Maritime Day theme "Navigating the future: safety first!" reflects IMO's work to enhance maritime safety and security, in tandem with the protection of the marine environment, whilst ensuring its regulatory development process safely anticipates the fast pace of technological change and innovation.

This theme will allow us to focus on the full range of safety regulatory implications arising from new and adapted technologies and the introduction of alternative fuels including measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships as IMO strives to ensure the safety and efficiency of shipping are maintained, and potentially improved, so that the flow of seaborne international trade continues to be smooth and efficient.

Safety has been at the heart of all of IMO's activities since the Organization was established in 1948. The regulatory framework is continuously evolving as gaps become apparent and as a result of IMO's proactive work to anticipate changes needed to accommodate emerging technologies and innovation – a prominent example being the currently ongoing development of a goal-based Code for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS Code).

2024 marks 50 years since the adoption of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, the key IMO treaty regulating maritime safety.

The theme is also closely linked to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and several of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by facilitating access to clean energy research and technology; SDG 8 on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; SDG 9 on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation; SDG 13 on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; and SDG 14 on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Read more here