Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet is the theme for this year World Maritime Day which provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to showcase the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets. The theme will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to both reflect on the work done and the urgent steps they further plan towards a sustainable future.
The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future. IMO has adopted and will continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet. Shipping has continued to transport more than 80% of world trade, including vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods that are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery – but hundreds of thousands of seafarers face a humanitarian crisis as they have been stranded at sea, unable to get off the ships they operate with contracts extended by many months. This needs to be addressed urgently, through Governments designating seafarers as essential workers and ensuring safe crew changes can take place.
This year’s World Maritime Day will be celebrated on 24 September 2020 in the form of an online event, due to social distancing measures caused by the pandemic.
International shipping transports more than 80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.
The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry, which is an essential component of any programme for future sustainable green economic growth in a sustainable manner.
The promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development is one of the major priorities of IMO in the coming years. Therefore, energy efficiency, new technology and innovation, maritime education and training, maritime security, maritime traffic management and the development of the maritime infrastructure: the development and implementation of global standards covering these and other issues will underpin IMO’s commitment to provide the institutional framework necessary for a green and sustainable global maritime transportation system.
History of Maritime Day:
1948 : An international conference in Geneva took place were adopted a convention to establish the IMO that to provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.
1958: the IMO Convention entered into force. After this, for the first time, the new Organization met in the following year
1978 : The first time World Maritime Day was held on March, 1978
1982: the name was changed from IMO to IMCO (Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization)
The exact date of celebrating World Maritime Day is left to the individual governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September.
More than 80% of global trade international shipping transports to people and communities all over the world. For international transportation, shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method for transporting goods. It also provides a dependable, low-cost that means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce, and also help to create prosperity among nations and peoples.
In the coming years, the major priorities of IMO are the promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development.
About UN Goals:
The 2010 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by 193 countries in 2015 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It calls for an action by all the countries to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030 world-wide. The SDGs are like an opportunity that helps to transform the world for the better and leave no one behind. Most of the elements of the 2030 Agenda are realised with a sustainable transport sector supporting world trade and facilitating the global economy.
‘Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet’ is the key to survive in the upcoming futures.