World Maritime Day

There are over two million seafarers who serve on the merchant ships of the world. Their dedication and professionalism ensure that people worldwide receive the food, medical supplies, and other basic goods they need.

That’s why the United Nations created World Maritime Day through the International Maritime Organization. This day is observed on the last Thursday in September.

The History of World Maritime Day

The history of this holiday dates back to 1948 when an international conference in Geneva adopted a convention that would formally organize the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, also known as the IMCO.

This agency was designed to develop and maintain a comprehensive framework needed for shipping goods across the globe safely and effectively. In 1978, World Maritime Day was first observed to recognize the birthday of the IMCO.

In 1982, the name of the IMCO was changed to IMO, or the International Maritime Organization. The United Nations has observed and promoted this holiday ever since.

Fun Maritime Facts

The maritime industry is one of the oldest industries in the world, so it’s naturally full of tradition and history. That’s why we’ve decided to list some amazing facts about it—facts that will blow most people’s minds. Let’s delve into these facts below.

The Shipping Industry Powers the World’s Economy

While many people realize that some goods are transported by ship, most don’t know just how many goods are shipped this way. According to recent studies, approximately 90% of all manufactured goods are transported by ship. Every country imports goods they need and exports goods other countries need.

Some of the World’s Largest Container Ships Are Expensive

Some of the largest container ships in the world can cost well over $200 million to construct. Of course, that’s still a lot cheaper than what some luxury cruise ships cost to build. Some luxury ships cost as much as $1.25 billion to build.

Container Ships Can Hold a Lot of Stuff

The average container ship can carry a lot of stuff. How much is a lot? They can hold over 21,000 TEU—that’s enough to hold over 740 million bananas. Container ships not only carry a lot of stuff, but they also spend a lot of time traveling. The average ship will travel 179,175+ miles in a single year. That’s approximately 75% of the distance from the Earth to the moon. Wow! That’s far.

Observing World Maritime Day

On this day, special messages are delivered by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, and a focus is placed on the importance of adhering to shipping safety guidelines, maritime security, and the protection of the oceans.

This holiday is celebrated in Australia, Canada, the UK, the U.S., and other member countries. People also use the hashtag #WorldMaritimeDay on their social media accounts to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 26 Thursday
Next year (2025)
September 25 Thursday
Last year (2023)
September 28 Thursday
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