International Maritime Organization (IMO) World Maritime Day


September 29, 2016

Today – Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and Chief Executive Officer, Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP), expressed his appreciation to all seafarers for their critical contributions that support and sustain today's global society.

“During times of imperial expansion, the Merchant Navy and Merchant Marine of European states served as an important lifeline to the overseas colonies. The Merchant Navy and Merchant Marine faced the daunting task of fighting tempestuous elements to make these important Atlantic journeys.”

“Today, our brave seafarers continue to deliver supplies and food to every corner of the globe.  And World Maritime Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the global shipping industry and how this affects people’s everyday lives all over the planet.”

– Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, MNCTP

About World Maritime Day 2016

The World Maritime Day theme for 2016 is "Shipping: indispensable to the world."

This theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of the IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today's global society gives IMO's work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself (taken from the IMO Website located at: World Maritime Day 2016).

To view the important International Maritime Day video message presented by IMO Secretary—General Kitack Lim, please select:

About the MNCTP

The Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP) is a "Canadian driven" initiative dedicated to educating Canadians, Americans, and the international community about the sacrifices and contributions made by the Allied Merchant Navy and the American Merchant Marine as the mainstay of the Allied Forces victories in both World War I and World War II.

The MNCTP aims to bridge the gap between the present day shipping industry and its glorious and predominantly forgotten past.  By interconnecting historical fragments into a united whole, the MNCTP ensures that the valiant stories of our seafarers are told alongside their military and other civilian counterparts.

This initiative will also help educate Canadians and members of the international community on the vital contributions made by the modern trade-and-travel-by-sea to international security and to the global economy.

For more information on the Allied Merchant Navy, the American Merchant Marine, or the IMO, please select:

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