In 2018, International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organization was adopted. The World Maritime Day theme for the year is "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future".
The 1978 STCW Convention and Code, as amended, set the international benchmark for the training and education of seafarers. While compliance with its standards is essential for serving on board ships, the skills and competence of seafarers, and indeed, the human element ashore, can only be adequately underpinned, updated and maintained through effective maritime education and training.
Today, we live in a society supported by a global economy, which simply could not function if it were not for shipping. Shipping serves global trade by carrying huge quantities of cargo, all over the world, cost-effectively, cleanly and safely.
Establishing a sustainable maritime transportation sector is essential to the development and growth of the world’s economy.
World Maritime Day celebrated on last Thursday of September (IMCO/C XXXVIII/21).
"Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017. The theme was chosen to provide an opportunity to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the shipping and logistics areas.
Source: un.org | imo.org
In 2018 World Maritime Day in USA falls on September 27.