What are your plans for World Maritime Day?

World Maritime Day is fast approaching. What are your plans?

Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates this event in different ports across the world with the goal of attracting public, private, and government attention to the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme for the 2009 event is “Climate Change; A Challenge for IMO Too!”

The United States is hosting the World Maritime Day Parallel Event on the weekend of October 16-18 in New York City, but ports around the nation are also getting involved and holding simultaneous events in their locations.

A World Maritime Day observance will take place in Port Arthur, Texas on September 25. The event will consist of a three-part program, including a Morning Prayer service, a panel discussion with local maritime industry representatives and a catered lunch with an industry speaker. Click here for a schedule of events.

The neighboring ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin are planning a World Maritime Day observance on October 16. The event will include a special screening of the IMAX movie Mysteries of the Great Lakes, along with ship tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Alder.

San Juan, Puerto Rico is also planning a World Maritime Day observance on October 16. This event will feature speakers from the University of Puerto Rico, the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the American Bureau of Shipping, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard. Click here for a schedule of events.

Other ports including Charleston, Honolulu, New Orleans and Portland, Maine, are also holding events with the details to be determined. For more information, visit the event’s Web site here.

You can also join the event live via Web cast or follow live Tweets @cgcompass on Friday, October 16th as the Delegate Conference Panel Discussion takes place.

Is your community planning anything special?

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