Every year the International Maritime Organization celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work.
WORLD MARITIME DAY LINKS
2013 World Maritime Day Observance
2013 World Maritime Day Observance and Sustainable Maritime Development Conference
Pier 40, aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York City, Wednesday, October 30, 2013
0800 Conference registration and continental breakfast
SPONSORS: Blank Rome Maritime, Clay Maitland, Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Propeller Club of New York and New Jersey, and the Sea Research Foundation. Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor of this World Maritime Day Observance.
2012 World Maritime Day Observance
TEXT: Lessons (and Memories) of the Titanic, 1912-2012
World Maritime Day Observance, "TITANIC AND THE ARCTIC", Banff, Alberta, September 17, 2012. Click here to read Clay Maitland's observations of the wreck of the Titantic and how it has affeected our understanding of maritime safety near arctic waters.
2012 National Maritime Day Seminar, Dinner & Awards
On the Waterfront: the Evolving Role of Port Ministry by the Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele. History and evolution of maritime ministry for port chaplains and others serving seafarers, dock workers, ship owners, and port authorities.
2011 World Maritime Day Observance and Coast Guard Mission Conference
October 27-28, 2011
2010 World Maritime Day Observance:
November 17-18, 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia
A world-class conference in Vancouver in recognition of World Maritime Day. Our theme was “The Year of the Seafarer.” Click on the links below to see what was presented.
- 16-page Conference Program including speaker biographies and participants list
- Conference Overview by Joe Espinoza-Ferrey
- "Prevention and Response: A Government and Industry Partnership" by Michael Broad
- "Attracting and Retaining Quality Seafarers" by Stephen Brown
- "Setting Standards and Promoting Best Practice" by David Cotterell
- "Challenges for International Shipping in the Year of the Seafarer - Panel Session: Attracting and Retaining Quality Seafarers" by Joe Espinoza-Ferrey
- "Industry / Government Co-operation in Spill Response and the Role of ITOPF" by Richard Johnson
- "Protecting Seafarers' Rights" by Peter Lahay and Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein
- "The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation: Attacting and Retaining Quality Seafarers" by Naim Nazha
- "The Threats and Realities of Piracy Worldwide" by Philip Pascoe
- "The Application of International Pollution Conventions in Canadian Waters" by Alfred Popp
- "Challenges for International Shipping in the Year of the Seafarer: A 3-day Workshop by Intertanko and ITF" by Howard Snaith
- "Tanker Standards and Best Practices" by Peter M. Swift
- "Calling for Seafarers to become Professional Mariners, not members of a Monastic Community" by the Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele
- "Prevention and Response: Government and Industry Partnership in the Deepwater Horizon Response in the Gulf of Mexico" by RADM James Watson
- "Environmental Initiatives" by Graham Westgarth
- "P&I Cover for Crew Following an Incident" by Colin Williams
“Anthem to the Seafarer” debuted on Nov. 17, 2010
A service honoring the seafarer at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, recognized the “Year of the Seafarer” and paid tribute to seafarers who contribute tirelessly as stewards of the ships which transport over 90% of the world’s goods. The anthem was commissioned by the Baltic Exchange, and was performed by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir under the direction of Rupert Lang.
2009 World Maritime Day Observance
October 16-18, 2009, New York City
The United States hosted the 2009 International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day Parallel Event. The Parallel Event was co-sponsored by the Department of State, Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Maritime Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The theme for the 2009 event was Climate Change; A Challenge for IMO Too! The United States Parallel Event was held in New York City on October 16-18, 2009. Various other ports throughout the United States hosted simultaneous events in their location. The goal of World Maritime Day is to attract public, private, and government attention to the many environmental initiatives within the maritime community to reduce the effects of climate change.