World Maritime Day 2017 – Connecting Ships, Ports and People

The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and the people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping the Member States to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability ashore through promoting trade by sea; enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators both on land; and through developing a sustainable blue economy at sea.

This is the key message being shared around the world on World Maritime Day – 28th September 2017,  as IMO and the global maritime community, celebrates the annual World Maritime Day, under the theme: Connecting Ships, Ports and People.

World Maritime Day is an official United Nations day. Every year, it provides an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO’s work. Each World Maritime Day has its own theme.

“As a UN agency, IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals. Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade. The port and maritime sectors can be wealth creators, both on land and at sea,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim in his annual World Maritime Day Message.

“Our theme for this year will enable us to shine a spotlight on the existing cooperation between ports and ships to maintain and enhance a safe, secure and efficient maritime transportation system.” Mr. Lim said.

Individual governments are encouraged to mark the World Maritime Day, on a date of their choosing but usually in the last week of September.

Social Media

Governments, organizations, companies and training institutes, as well as individuals, are encouraged to let IMO know how World Maritime Day is being celebrated, using the hashtag #WorldMaritimeDay @IMOHQ


A full package of resources is available from the IMO website.

World Maritime Day Parallel Event 
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Panama. 1-3 October 2017. Further details are available on the website:

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