World Maritime Day

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2020 DateSeptember 24, 2020
2021 DateSeptember 30, 2021
World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day History

World Maritime Day seeks to raise awareness about international maritime industries and celebrate their work toward the global economy. This day focuses on shipping safety, maritime security, and protection of the marine environment. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) works as a regulatory framework for the maritime industry and first recognized the day in 1978. World Maritime Day is observed annually on the fourth Thursday of September.

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World Maritime Day Facts

  • The theme for World Maritime Day in 2020 was Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet
  • Shipping accounts for more than 80% of world trade.
  • The three biggest shipping fleets in the world are owned by Greece, Japan, and Germany. The U.S is fifth.
  • In its lifetime, one large container ship travels the distance of the moon and back almost 10 times.

World Maritime Day References and Related Sites

UN: Maritime Day
Global Dimension: Maritime Day
www.imo.org: 2020 Theme

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