IMO celebrates its past and its future at the Organization's 70th anniversary
27-09-2018 14:00

Today the International Maritime Organization, IMO, celebrates its 70th anniversary on the occasion of World Maritime Day 2018. This marks the foundation of IMO 70 years ago in 1948.

This year’s theme for World Maritime Day, which is officially celebrated IMO’s London headquarters, is "IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future".

The number 70 indicates that the IMO celebrates a landmark this year. Thus, it is 70 years since the foundation of IMO was laid with the adoption of the IMO Convention in 1948. For this reason, this year’s theme is focusing on the historical legacy of the IMO, as well as on how the Organization can ensure the maritime sector’s positive contribution to the rest of the world.

Most importantly, it is celebrated that the Member States of the IMO have been able to work together for safe and sustainable shipping throughout its 70 year existence. In this connection, the IMO has launched a touring exhibition showcasing its legacy which will visit countries on six continents. The exhibition does not come by Denmark, but can be experienced in other European countries such as UK, Poland, Italy and Finland. For more information see the IMO website.

The 70th anniversary has been celebrated throughout this year and latest on 13-15 June, when the Polish port city of Szczecin organzed this year's major IMO conference (World Maritime Day Parallel Event) with participation of representatives from around the world including Denmark.

IMO is about real rules

The IMO’s Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, has in a video message emphasized the focus on the past and the future. This includes that the work of the IMO ensures a global level playing-field for the industry, a cleaner environment and regulatory support to the development of new innovative solutions for the benefit of both shipping and its surroundings.

Facts about IMO

The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. The IMO comprising 174 Member States.

In IMO, Member States negotiate and adopt international rules regarding the safety and security of shipping, prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships, addressing climate change and facilitation of maritime transport. Other tasks of the IMO include developing rules regarding the legal liability, compensation and insurance liability for pollution damage caused by oil spillage, wreck removal etc.

The World Maritime Day is celebrated annually at the IMO headquarters in London as well as at a Parallel Event that tours annually between the Member States. In June 2018 the event was held in Poland and in 2019 Colombia will be hosts.

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