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World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day 27 September 2007 -
Central London landmark hosts international celebration of shipping

Over 90% of all of the world’s trade is carried by ships. From computers to clothes, food to oil, shipping is vital to the global economy.  Shipping is the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation and the industry offers a wealth of careers both at sea and ashore.

On September 27th 2007 the historic ship Wellington, berthed between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges, will be the venue for the celebrations to mark shipping’s contribution to society on World Maritime Day.

The event will showcase the positive steps taken by UK based maritime institutions in reducing their impact upon the marine environment. UK based organisations have taken the lead in this area and so this highlights the importance of this sector to UK Plc. The whole of the maritime industry, for example, contributed over £37 billion to the UK’s economy in 2006.

38 leading shipping industry and associated international organisations will promote the latest technological developments and visitors, including young people from local schools, will get a chance to meet key players in the industry, drive ship simulators and gain a unique insight into the transportation of goods by sea.

Attendees include HRH The Duke of York,  the shipping minister, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, the only United Nations agency to be headquartered in London, the Lord Mayor of London, the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency.

Under the banner Sea’s the future, World Maritime Day celebrates the vital role played by shipping in world trade and development. The event on 27 September is being hosted by the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the International Maritime Pilots Association, in partnership with the International Maritime Organization. (The Honourable Company of Master Mariners is a City of London livery company which provides free guidance on all matters relating to maritime policy and practice to politicians, regulators and the general public. The International Maritime Pilots' Association is a professional, non-profit making body concerned with promoting professional standards of pilotage worldwide. The International Maritime Organisation is the only UK based United Nations agency. It has the responsibility to provide machinery for cooperation among Governments in the field of governmental regulation and practices relating to technical matters of all kinds affecting shipping engaged in international trade).

For more information visit the website (opens in a new window).

Participating organisations:

  1. Apostleship of the Sea
  2. BIMCO
  3. British & International Sailors' Society
  4. BWEA
  5. CIRM
  6. Fleetwood Nautical College
  7. Honourable Company of Master Mariners
  9. Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology
  11. International Chamber of Shipping
  12. The International Marine Contractors Association
  13. International Shipping Federation
  14. International Maritime Organization
  15. International Maritime Pilots Association
  17. ITOPF
  18. London Fire Brigade
  19. London Nautical School
  20. Marine Society and Sea Cadets
  21. Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  22. Maritime London
  23. Mission to Seafarers
  24. National Maritime Museum
  25. National Sea Training Centre
  26. Nautical Institute
  27. Nautilus UK
  28. Port of London Authority
  29. Priory CofE School
  30. Royal Institute of Navigation
  31. Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  32. Royal Navy
  33. Royal Yachting Association
  34. SeaVision UK
  35. Trinity House
  36. UK P&I Club
  37. Videotel UK
  38. Warsash Maritime Academy