IMO marks #worldmaritimeday with conventions push

As the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day 2014, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said it had made gains around its theme this year of effective implementation of conventions.

As with the Day of the Seafarer earlier this year IMO is taking to social media to spread the word about the day asking people to hashtag posts any special events #worldmaritimeday.

In his World Maritime Day message Sekimizu said that in choosing the theme IMO had been able to put the spotlight on conventions that had not yet come into force.

“Our efforts with regard to conventions yet to enter into force have been particularly focused on the Ballast Water Management Convention, the Hong Kong Convention on ship recycling, the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 to implement the Torremolinos Protocol on fishing vessel safety, the 2010 Protocol to the HNS Convention and the Nairobi Convention on wreck removal,” he said.

“Although there has been welcome success this year in terms of new ratifications – indeed the Nairobi Convention will enter into force next year – much remains to be done and we will continue our efforts to the end of the year and beyond.”