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).
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- Apostleship of the Sea
- British & International Sailors' Society
- Fleetwood Nautical College
- Honourable Company of Master Mariners
- Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology
- International Chamber of Shipping
- The International Marine Contractors Association
- International Shipping Federation
- International Maritime Organization
- International Maritime Pilots Association
- London Fire Brigade
- London Nautical School
- Marine Society and Sea Cadets
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- Maritime London
- Mission to Seafarers
- National Maritime Museum
- National Sea Training Centre
- Nautical Institute
- Nautilus UK
- Port of London Authority
- Priory CofE School
- Royal Institute of Navigation
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- Royal Navy
- Royal Yachting Association
- SeaVision UK
- Trinity House
- UK P&I Club
- Videotel UK
- Warsash Maritime Academy