Thursday, September 23, 2010
WORLD MARITIME DAY
This year World Maritime Day is being celebrated on September 23, 2010 at the International Maritime Organization Headquarters (IMO HQ) in London, England. In many countries around the world there is similar recognition of Seafarers - and well deserved it is.
What is World Maritime Day? It is the day the United Nations (UN) through the IMO celebrates our industry's contribution towards the world's economy especially shipping. The event's date varies from year to year and differs by country but it is always celebrated during the last week of September. For us Navigators this year has a magnificent harvest full moon with Jupiter just below in the Southeast quadrant. Last night here in Miami-Dade County Florida it was spectacular, clear sky with just some patchy clouds.
This is also the 'Year of the Seafarer' and World Maritime Day focuses on shipping safety, maritime security, marine environment and the work of the IMO. There will be remembrance events for those of us lost at sea in London, England and events in Australia, Canada, and the United States. As it happens NAUTICAL LOG has served in the Merchant Service of each of those countries so the flag is flying outside the house and this is a thoughtful day of a 50 year, 1953-2003, career at sea.