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.
You can find out more on the IMO website and also on the World Maritime Day web page. 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.