The IMO’s dedication to the preservation of the marine surroundings is being highlighted on World Maritime Day, September 28, 2023, with the theme “MARPOL at 50 – Our dedication goes on.”

This yr sees the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Worldwide Conference for the Prevention of Air pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the first international treaty for the prevention of air pollution of the marine surroundings by ships from intentional, operational or unintended causes.

IMO Secretary-Normal Kitack Lim notes that achievements have already made in regulating to guard ocean well being, however important work nonetheless faces the delivery trade: “Delivery should embrace decarbonization, digitalization and revolutionary expertise, together with automation – whereas making certain the human component is saved entrance and centre of the technological and inexperienced transition to make sure a sustainable planet for future generations. MARPOL has made a distinction to delivery – and to the well being of our ocean – and can proceed to take action, as we sit up for the following 50 years.”

United Nations Secretary-Normal António Guterres known as for “all palms on deck” to appreciate a simply and equitable transition to a greener, decarbonized delivery trade. “By means of the many years, MARPOL has made vital contributions to defending our planet and ocean by making delivery safer and cleaner. Wanting forward, allow us to construct on the legacy of this conference and collectively steer in the direction of a extra sustainable and affluent future for this vital trade – and a safer future for humanity.”

INTERCARGO has additionally burdened its dedication to the total implementation of MARPOL laws onboard dry bulk carriers.

The IMO invitations everybody within the maritime trade to rejoice the day on social media utilizing the hashtag #WorldMaritimeDay. After darkish on September 28, the IMO’s London Headquarters shall be bathed in blue gentle to advertise World Maritime Day 2023. The IMO invitations Member States, intergovernmental organizations in cooperation with IMO, and non-governmental organizations in consultative standing with IMO to hitch them by lighting up their very own landmarks.

World Maritime Theme 2023 from Intl. Maritime Group on Vimeo.