The Malta Maritime Forum marks World Maritime Day as established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the global regulator for shipping – ensuring that the maritime sector delivers cargo safely and in an environmentally sustainable manner.

This year, the IMO commemorates the Golden Anniversary of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) having started the voyage towards an environmentally sound shipping sector 50 years ago.

The MMF welcomes the IMO’s call for all stakeholders to promote further dialogue on future efforts to enhance sustainable shipping and protect our planet and oceans. Shipping is evolving. Shipping must embrace decarbonization, digitalization and innovative technology, including automation – while ensuring the human element is kept front and centre of the technological and green transition to ensure a sustainable plant for future generations.

At the same time, on this World Maritime Day, the MMF salutes all industry players in maritime transport not least the brave seafarers who keep the globe ticking by ensuring our provisions of food, medicine and energy sources to power our homes and places of work.

Karin Grech
Author: Karin Grech