World Maritime Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of the International Maritime Organization’s work.
World Maritime Day is celebrated in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
World Maritime Day 2019 theme
The World Maritime Day theme for the year is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The day also highlights the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.
Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping.
World Maritime Day Celebration
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event is hosted in a different country each year. It provides a platform that brings together important actors and stakeholders in the maritime community to discuss matters of mutual concern.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the 2019 Parallel Event will raise a particular spotlight on issues affecting maritime women that are relevant to the wider maritime community.
Many maritime organizations and unions hold special events and activities to celebrate this day. These activities and events range from symposiums to luncheons, as well as school lessons that focus on the day. Some classes may organize a trip to a maritime museum so students can understand the significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.