This celebration aims to turn global attention on the importance role of the shipping industry, which carries about 90 percent of world trade and its vital contribution to the economy and society in general.
This year's theme, ‘Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet’, aims to show the serious commitment of the International Maritime Organisation and the international maritime community in general, towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to highlight the IMO and its member states efforts to achieve these goals.
In addition, it highlights the significant progress made by the global shipping Industry on matters regarding the safety and protection of the marine environment.
On the occasion of World Maritime Day, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber held on September 23 of this year, a members' webinar entitled: ‘The Atomic Battery - a zero-emission energy revolution for maritime transport’, which presented the prospect of alternative green fuels for smaller ships and the supply of larger ships.
Within the framework of the World Maritime Day celebrations, the IMO, had produced a film with the message of the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, promoting this year’s theme.