World Maritime Day 2017 Theme “Connecting Ships, Ports And People” Launched

The importance of coherent and connected development across all maritime sectors will feature strongly in IMO’s work this year, as the Organization focuses on its World Maritime Day theme “Connecting ships, ports and people”.

The theme for 2017 was launched by IMO Secretary-General Lim during a visit to Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom.

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“Throughout the year, we will highlight the importance of ‘joined-up’ maritime development across all sectors, both from a policy and a practical perspective. The benefits of a free and efficient flow of goods and trade extend far beyond the ships and ports themselves,” Mr. Lim said.

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“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,” Mr. Lim said.

During a tour of the port led by Mr. Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, Mr. Lim witnessed port operations at first hand, observing the clear link between ships and ports and the people that operate them.

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He also spoke to crew on board the container ship Munkebo Maersk about the significance of the World Maritime Day theme for seafarers as well as for the wider public, the people who depend on shipping for most of everything they need and want.

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Mr. Lim noted that the theme for 2017 would enable IMO and the wider maritime community to shine a spotlight on the existing cooperation between ports and ships to maintain and enhance a safe, secure and efficient maritime transportation system.

“Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people,” Mr. Lim said.

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He encouraged IMO Member States and wider stakeholders in the maritime community to join in with activities and initiatives under the World Maritime Day theme for 2017: “Connecting ships, ports and people”.

Reference: imo.org

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  1. Let us connect the people with maritime industry. Common people does not know much about the maritime industry or ship operation. It is essential that we, the maritime people, get connected to the external world as well.and get development inside./ J K M Nair director and CEO JKMNair Associates.

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