The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day annually. It is usually celebrated during the last week in September, generally the last Thursday in the month. World Maritime Day was first held in 1978.
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World Maritime Day focusses on the following issues:
- shipping safety
- shipping efficiency
- maritime security
- marine environment
- legal matters
"Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet" is the 2020 World Maritime Day theme. It raises awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and demonstrates the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is undertaking to achieve the targets.
The year 2020 marks the beginning of a decade of action and delivery for the United Nations global goals. It will be a decisive decade not only for the shipping industry, but for life on the planet. The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future.
IMO has adopted and will continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships' fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community.
World Maritime Day 2020 will be celebrated at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters on 24 September 2020.