World Maritime Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day last of September, repeating indefinitely
Last week in September every year: Focussing on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.
Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual Governments but it is usually celebrated during the last week in September, generally the last Thursday in the month.
World Maritime Day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasise a particular aspect of IMO’s work. The year 2018 marks 70 years of the IMO, and the theme for the Day is ‘IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future’. “This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.”
You can find teaching resources to help celebrate World Maritime Day in your school by browsing through the resources listed in our database under the topic of ‘Transport’.
This interesting article explores ‘how ships pass in the night’ and includes a short film clip of global ship traffic seen from space: When the World’s Biggest Ships Meet the World’s Skinniest Straits
Another useful resource could be the BBC Box web pages – a year-long project for BBC News which told the story of international trade and globalisation by tracking a standard shipping container around the world.
In addition, the Association for Citizenship Teachers has a lesson plan ‘Pirates Ahoy!’, which explores the theme of modern piracy for ages 11-14.