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World Maritime Day 2020 - Know World Maritime Day 2020 Importance, History, Theme of World Maritime Day 2019 and 2020 And Facts, When Was International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Formed?

Updated December 23, 2020

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World Maritime Day 2020 was observed on the 24th Of September 2020 as a virtual online event  by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Global Maritime Community, strictly following all the Covid Protocols for the prevention of the Covid Pandemic. Every year on the 24th of September, the IMO and Global Maritime Community come on one stage to celebrate the annual World Maritime Day.   World Maritime Day is observed to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world especially shipping. World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. Please continue reading this article to know more about the World Maritime Day History, Theme, Significance and facts

World Maritime Day 2020

World Maritime Day 2020 was observed on the 24th Of September 2020 as a virtual online event  by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and Global Maritime Community, strictly following all the Covid Protocols for the prevention of the Covid Pandemic. Every year on the 24th of September, the IMO and Global Maritime Community come on one stage to celebrate the annual World Maritime Day.   World Maritime Day 2020 is to celebrate the international maritime industry's contribution to the world's economy, especially in shipping. World Maritime Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. The year 2020 affected by the Covid Pandemic highlighted the importance of shipping maritime services as it turned out to be the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective method of transporting goods internationally.

What is the History of World Maritime Day?

World Maritime Day was initiated by the United Nations (UN), through the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The day is to celebrate the contribution offered by the industry of international maritime towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. World Maritime Day was observed for the first time on 17 March 1978. The day is observed to mark when the IMO Convention entered into force in the year 1958. The date of an event organized varies from country to country and year by year but it is always observed in the last week of September.

What is the theme for 2020 World Maritime Day?

The theme for 2020 World Maritime Day is "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet". This theme is to focus on providing an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme also showcases the work that IMO and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets. ​The year 2020 marks the starting of a decade of action and delivery for the UN's global goals. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it  is expected that with the end of this year, it will be a  decisive decade to the shipping industry and to all the life on the planet.

The theme aims to provide flexibility to IMO and its Member States to highlight the myriad topics and challenges in fulfilling the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. It also provides many opportunities to highlight the significant contributions of shipping. It showcases the IMO for building that sustainable future. IMO aims to reflect the work done by IMO and the necessary steps that are further planned towards a sustainable future. 

The UN General Secretary General Antonio Guterres in his message issued on World Maritime Day, said that the  "theme of this year's World Maritime Day – 'Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet' – has gained extraordinary resonance as shipping has continued to transport more than 80 per cent of world trade, including vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods that are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery."

IMO towards Sustainable Future

The IMO regulatory framework has started the transition in the shipping industry towards a sustainable future. The organization has adopted to develop measures to implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping, cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, reduce the sulphur content of ships' fuel oil, protect the polar regions,  and enhance women's participation in the maritime community. 

IMO has also strategically equipped to showcase the organization's contribution to the SDGs.  The move is in line with the approach laid out in the IMO Secretariat's SDGs Strategy. It also works to act upon untapped opportunities of technologies, new partnerships, and finance for the future benefit of the shipping industry and humankind.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

​In the year 2015, 193 countries, including the UN Member states, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Agenda calls all the countries for action to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by the end of 2030. The SDGs are opportunities to transform the world for the better and leave no one behind. SDG 14 is central to IMO, aspects of the Organization's work can be linked to all individual SDGs.

As part of the UN, IMO is actively working towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated SDGs. Also, most of the elements of the 2030 Agenda will be realized only with a sustainable transport sector supporting world trade and facilitating the global economy. IMO's Technical Cooperation Committee has formally approved linkages between the Organization's technical assistance work and the SDGs.

What is the 2019 Theme for World Maritime Day?

The theme for the year 2019 World Maritime Day is "Empowering Women in the maritime community". The theme focused to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality. It is in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme highlighted the important contribution of women within the maritime sector.
2018 - "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future"
2017 - "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

About International Maritime Organization (IMO):

Formed on: 17 March 1948
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Secretary-General: Kitack Lim
Paren organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO)
IMO was established after the agreement at a UN conference held in Geneva in 1948. The IMO was initially named as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) but it was renamed as IMO in the year 1982. It is responsible to regulate shipping. The IMO also focuses on several areas like safety, maritime security, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, and the efficiency of shipping.

World Maritime Day - Facts

Shipping drives the world’s economy as 90% of all goods are transported by ship.

Shipping is safer and more environmentally friendly.

The world’s largest container ships can carry a staggering amount of goods. 

Ocean freight is very cost-effective to transport huge volumes of goods by sea.

World’s largest container ships cost over $200 million to construct. Luxury cruise ships cost more than $1.4 billion.

On average, a container ship travels a distance equivalent to 75% of the way to the moon and back in a single year.

According to Lloyd’s List Intelligence, Panama still has the world’s biggest registry of vessels. 

There are many maritime expressions that have found their way into everyday language. Sayings like “at close quarters”, “learning the ropes”, and “high and dry” all have nautical origins.

Maritime - Quotes

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”

“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.”

“A ship in port is safe. But that’s what not ships are built for.”

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

“A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.”

World Maritime Day - FAQs

1. What unit of measurement is used at sea?

The "nautical mile" is used as the unit of measurement by all countries for air and sea navigation.

2. When was the World Maritime Day first observed?

World Maritime Day was observed for the first time on 17 March 1978. The day is observed to mark when the IMO Convention entered into force in the year 1958. The date of an event organized varies from country to country and year by year but it is always observed in the last week of September.

3. What is Knot?

A knot refers to one nautical mile per hour, that is, 1 knot = 1.15 miles per hour. The term knot dates back to 17th century, when sailors measured the speed of their ship by using a device called a "common log." This device was a coil of rope with uniformly spaced knots, attached to a piece of wood shaped like a slice of pie.

4. What is the theme for 2019 World Maritime Day?

The theme for the year 2019 World Maritime Day is "Empowering Women in the maritime community". The theme focused to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality. It is in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme highlighted the important contribution of women within the maritime sector.


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