In 2018, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised organisation of the United Nations system. The IMO deals with maritime affairs, maritime safety, international shipping and the prevention of marine environment pollution.
During the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin, there will be discussed topics related to, inter alia, new trends and technologies in shipbuilding, big data and cyber security in maritime shipping, reduction of CO2 emissions in maritime transport, new transport routes as well as future of maritime labour market.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will take place on June 13-15, 2018 in Szczecin. The theme and topic of the event is IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future. The event will cover not only the official proceedings and a conference devoted to maritime issues, but also a number of accompanying cultural, sports and recreational events addressed to domestic and foreign guests and residents of Szczecin.
In 2018, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised organisation of the United Nations system. The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin will be part of the celebration of the establishment of the IMO and of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence.
We are grateful to Poland for hosting this year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event, which provides an excellent opportunity to take the World Maritime Day theme "on the road". The event will help to amplify the message among those close to the shipping industry, and to reach a wider audience.
Our challenge for the years to come remains to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to create better shipping, for a better future. I am sure that this year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event will contribute to this goal and be as successful and enjoyable as its predecessors.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event is the most important maritime event of the United Nations. I am proud that the IMO has decided to hold the event in Szczecin, Poland. The honour is even greater in view of the fact that for the first time in history, the World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be celebrated in the Baltic Sea and Central and Eastern European region.
Poland has been an IMO member state since 1960, continuously involved in work to fulfill the Organisation’s mission: promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping. Most recent years have allowed Polish maritime economy to flourish. We have been regularly noting new records for marine harbour transhipment handling, the shipyard industry is under modernisation we are engaging in key investments to support transportation by inland navigation, maritime universities in Gdynia and Szczecin are considered among the best across the world in terms of education quality.
March 26, 2018
A meeting took place at the Polish Embassy in London to promote the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018, which will take place in Szczecin on 13th-15th June. Poland's Deputy Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Grzegorz Witkowski took part in a meeting with Permanent Representatives of numerous countries to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at IMO Frederick Kenney. Opening the event, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to London Arkady Rzegocki said: "I would like to wholeheartedly invite you all to Poland to celebrate with us the World Maritime Parallel Event in Szczecin."
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018
is part of the commemoration of the centennial of the regaining of independence by Poland.