"At a time when the world is beset by conflict and crisis, it is easy to forget that, day in and day out, the international shipping industry works quietly and efficiently to keep the wheels of global trade in motion and ensure the timely delivery of the goods and commodities ... On World Maritime Day, let us recall the often unheralded but always vital contribution by international shipping to peoples and communities all over the world."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World Maritime Day 2015
Maritime education and training
World Maritime Day for 2015 is Thursday, 24 September.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2015 is "Maritime education and training". The theme was adopted to focus attention on the wider spectrum of maritime education and training, in particular its adequacy and quality, as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
Earlier this year, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu launched the 2015 World Maritime Day theme in an address to students and staff at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden.The World Maritime Day Parallel Event for 2015 will be held in Japan from 20 - 21 July 2015.