Every year, the International Maritime Organization chooses a theme for its World Maritime Day, which is generally celebrated during the last week in September. In 2009, the IMO chose “Climate Change” as the theme. This year, 2010, will be named “Year of the Seafarer”. In a message posted to their website, the IMO states:
The International Maritime Organization has decided to dedicate next year to you by choosing, as the theme for World Maritime Day, “2010: Year of the Seafarer”. Our intention is to pay tribute to you, the world’s 1.5 million seafarers – men and women from all over the globe – for the unique, and all too often over-looked, contribution you make to the wellbeing of all of us….
At IMO, we are ever-conscious of the important role you play in helping us achieve safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans – the goals that we, as the United Nations specialized agency charged with the regulation of international shipping and as a member of the global maritime community, have set ourselves.
And so, we will celebrate next year’s World Maritime Day theme with much pride in your contribution to our objectives, to the facilitation of more than 90% of the world’s trade, and to sustainable human development.
You can read the full message from the IMO to the world’s seafarers, HERE.