World Maritime Day Current Affairs - 2020

Last Thursday of September celebrated as World Maritime Day (WMD), 2019

Every Year, World Maritime Day (WMD) is observed on the last Thursday of September. This year, it is being observed on September 26, 2019. This day marks date of adaptation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention in 1958. The day was first observed in 1978. It acknowledges the importance of maritime industry and to highlight importance of shipping safety, maritime security and marine environment.

World Maritime Day, 2019: Theme

The theme of World Maritime Day, 2019 is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. The theme provides  an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important – yet underutilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. It was established in 1948 in Geneva as ICMO and came into force in 1959. Its headquarters are in London, United Kingdom. It has 171 member states and 3 associate members. India was one of the earliest members of IMO and had joined it as member-state in 1959. IMO’s functions are to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit. This framework addresses various areas like safety, legal matters, environmental concerns, technical co-operation, maritime security and efficiency of shipping.

National Maritime Day 2019

The National Maritime Day 2019 was observed on April 5, 2019. The theme of the National Maritime Day 2019 was “Indian Ocean – An Ocean of opportunity”.

National Maritime Day

National Maritime Day (NMD) first observed on April 5, 1964, aims to spread awareness in supporting safe and environmentally sound commerce between the continents across the world.

Awards Conferred during the National Maritime Day
  • NMD Varuna Award to recognize persons for their sustained and outstanding contribution.
  • NMD Award of Excellence to recognize and persons for their lifetime exceptional and distinguished achievements or performance at the senior functional level in the Indian Maritime Sector.
  • Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Maritime Education and Training’ shall be given by the National Maritime Day Celebrations (Central) Committee for the sustained contribution made by an individual to the Maritime Education and training.

It has to be noted that the World Maritime Day is celebrated on last thursday of every year to highlight the importance of shipping, maritime security and environment.