World Maritime Day - History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 8, 2022, 7:35

World Maritime Day is celebrated worldwide on the last Thursday of September. This global day is mainly observed by the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency specifically responsible for regulating worldwide shipping.

Through the celebration of World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organization seeks to draw the attention of the general public towards the maritime environment and safety alongside the various initiatives undertaken by the IMO in a particular sector.

World Maritime Day History and Significance

In 1948, at the United Nations Geneva Convention, the International Maritime Organization was launched. It is an international regulatory body responsible for developing and maintaining a deft framework for shipping. Later in 1982, the IMO was rechristened into the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO).

The prime objective of the IMCO or IMO remains to focus on issues related to the legal, environmental, safety, technical cooperation, and efficiency of the maritime industry. Keeping all these in mind and to raise awareness about the same among the common global citizens, the IMO launched World Maritime Day on March 17, 1978, for the first time. Later, this day was shifted, and now World Maritime Day is held on the last Thursday of September every year.

International Maritime Day 2021

The International Maritime Organization had chosen 2021 as the year for seafarers, who had been facing tremendous challenges owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The core theme, "Seafarers: At the Core of Shippings Future," sought to enhance the visibility of maritime professionals and seafarers by drawing global attention to the invaluable role they play in the maintenance of global commerce. International Maritime Day 2021 was celebrated on September 30.

World Maritime Day 2022

The theme for the year 2022 focuses on the urgency to support a greener and more sustainable transition of the maritime industry for future generations while ensuring no one is left behind. It seeks to present an opportunity to have a more sustainable maritime industry as the focal point while rebuilding the sector into a better and eco-friendlier post-pandemic world.

Throughout this year, the IMO will further try to bring into spotlight various other issues related to the human element of shipping, which includes the safety and security of lives on ships and the importance of recruiting qualified and appropriately trained workforce, who are always ready and eager to take on the challenges and opportunities of automation and digitization.

The International Maritime Day 2022 is scheduled to be held on September 29.

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FAQs on World Maritime Day

Q.1) When and by whom is World Maritime Day held?

World Maritime Day is held every year on the last day of September by the International Maritime Organization.

Q.2) What is the primary objective of International Maritime Day?

The prime objective of the IMCO or IMO remains to focus on issues related to the legal, environmental, safety, technical cooperation, and efficiency of the maritime industry.

Q.3) What is the theme of International Maritime Day 2022?

The theme for the year 2022 focuses on the urgency to support a greener and more sustainable transition of the maritime industry for future generations while ensuring no one is left behind. It seeks to present an opportunity to have a more sustainable maritime industry as the focal point while rebuilding the sector into a better and eco-friendlier post-pandemic world.