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World Maritime Day 2022

The World Maritime theme for 2022 – ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ -reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. The theme provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post pandemic world.

Join us in celebrating World Maritime Day 2022. Our theme for the year is “New technologies for greener shipping”.

Sustainable maritime transport and greener shipping

The imperative of maritime transport to support global sustainability is clear. Safe, secure, energy-efficient, affordable, reliable, low-carbon, climate-resilient and rule-based maritime transport systems contribute to achieving economically efficient, socially equitable and environmentally sound development.
The ongoing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), highlight the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve these goals.
To support the sustainable development agenda, maritime transport will need to fully integrate economic, social and environmental sustainability considerations into relevant planning processes, policies and investment decisions. Greener shipping is central to this aim.

Message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

World Maritime Day 2021

IMO has chosen to make 2021 a year of action for seafarers, who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite their vital role as key workers for global supply chains.

The World Maritime Theme for 2021, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” seeks to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future. 

The focus on seafarers comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on seafarers, with hundreds of thousands of men and women stranded on ships for months beyond their original contracts, unable to be repatriated due to national travel restrictions. A similar number of seafarers are unable to join ships and earn a living. This crew change crisis, which has been ongoing for nearly a year, is a humanitarian emergency that threatens the safety of shipping (read more here).

Throughout the year, the World Maritime Theme will also put the spotlight on other issues related to the human element of shipping, including the safety and security of life on board ships, seafarers’ well-being, and the importance of ensuring an appropriately trained and qualified workforce, ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of digitalization and automation. 

Message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

Launching the World Maritime theme, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said more Governments must step up to end the crew change crisis (click here for the full text).



Theme: “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future”

Online Event                                 11:00 AM, 30 SEPTEMBER 2021

     Provisional Agenda

  1. Introduction IMO and history of World Maritime sDay
  2. Proclamation of the Opening of the Ceremony
  3. Opening Address


Union Minister for Transport and Communications

  • World Maritime Day 2021 – Video Message of IMO Secretary-General

Mr. Kitack Lim

IMO Secretary-General

  • Presentation on Myanmar Maritime Activities
  • Proclamation of the Closing of the Ceremony

World Maritime Day memorable

The IMO intends to light up the IMO building, in particular the Seafarer Memorial outside the IMO Headquarters in London, in the IMO/maritime blue colour on every World Maritime Day from now on, beginning with this yearʹs celebration on 30 September 2021

Therefore, Myanmar join to illuminate with colorful light at the DMA’s Head Office building, MPA’s Head Office building and Vessels berthed in port terminals to mark World Maritime Day on 30 September 2021.

Weather and storm

DateIssued byNotice No.
23 May 2022Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 20/2022
20 May 2022Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 19/2022
20 Mar 2022Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 12/2022
19 Mar 2022Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 11/2022
24 May 2021Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 10/2021
02 April 2021Department of Marine AdministrationNotice to Mariner 4/2021

World Maritime Day 2020

WMD 2020

“Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” is the World Maritime theme for 2020. This will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and showcase the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets.

Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet

​The theme for this year is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet,” which provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to showcase the work that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets. The theme will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to both reflect on the work done and the urgent steps they further plan towards a sustainable future.
The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future. IMO has  adopted and will continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet. Shipping has continued to transport more than 80% of world trade, including vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods that are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery – but hundreds of thousands of seafarers face a humanitarian crisis as they have been stranded at sea, unable to get off the ships they operate with contracts extended by many months. This needs to be addressed urgently, through Governments designating seafarers as essential workers and ensuring safe crew changes can take place.

This year’s World Maritime Day will be celebrated on 25 September 2020 in the form of an online event, due to social distancing measures caused by the pandemic.” Download the flyer here or by clicking on the image below.