World Maritime Day theme for 2014

The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2014.

“IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” selected as World Maritime Day theme for 2014

The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2014.

Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 110th session in London, Mr. Sekimizu said that IMO has, over the years, built up an enviable track record for developing and adopting new international conventions. There have been 53 in all, addressing safety, environmental issues, liability and compensation, and other topics.

“Nevertheless,” he added, “as has often been stated in the Council, adoption alone is only the first step of the treaty-making process; to be effective, adoption must be followed by entry into force and, subsequently, widespread implementation.” He added that he was particularly concerned at the slow pace of ratification and implementation of several of the environmental conventions adopted by IMO.

World Maritime Day is celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world in the last week of September. Since 2005, a formal parallel event has been held, hosted by an IMO Member State.

In 2014, the World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Morocco, and in 2015, in Japan.

Source: IMO.

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One Reply to “World Maritime Day theme for 2014”

  1. YUL MALICSE

    Good news and a welcome development in the world’s maritime industry. To understand
    today’a problem in the industry, we need to review IMO conventions. The conventions will
    greatly help maritime law and policy experts and admininistrators solve our multifarious problems today. A great deal in reviewing IMO conventions, we must remember,offers solutions to several problems the beface the maritime and shipping industry. Most of the answers are in the IMO conventions concerned. Yes, these should be implemented effectively. The Philippines, for one,should know the requirements of EMSA and should stand strong that it will successfully hurdle the EU-EMSA inspection-audit come October.
    As hardworking, enterprising, yet investigative maritime writer, who belongs to three-generations of Filipino seafarers families, I am privileged to anchor on a belief that the lot and welfare of some 90,000 Filipino merchant mariners-officers and ratings-currently deployed aboard European Union-controlled vessels, would not be compromised. To put this in place,
    the Filipino seafarer, knowing his innate determination, as a Filipino and Asian, will spruce his best out, no matter,to meet the EMSA yardstick. The EMSA audit is the final one for the Philippines to establish that as a maritime country, it shall have proven that it STCW for seafarers Convention and Code compliant.

    Yul Malicse AB, LLB, CSCPE
    Maritime Writer, Manila, Philippines
    President, Maritime Press Club of the Philippines (MPCP)

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