World Maritime Day is a United Nations sanctioned day of International significance. A day created to highlight the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet. A day to remember that shipping transports more than 80% of world trade.
In 1948, an international conference was conducted in Geneva, where the assembly of nations adopted a convention in order to establish the IMO. The IMO’s work was to develop and maintain an international regulatory framework of shipping sector. In the Initial stage, IMO was named as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO) however in 1982 it was changed to International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The IMO focus on safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
On 17th March, 1978 the first World Maritime Day was celebrated to mark the date of the IMO Convention into force in 1958. Initially, when IMO came into existence it had 21 Member States but now the family has grown to about 174 Member States and three associate Members.
The team at Demanko is grateful for all the seafarers out there who make daily sacrifices for the movement of marine cargo! Thank you!