World Maritime Day 2005 - "International Shipping - Carrier of World Trade"

The IMO Council at its 93rd session in November, 2004 endorsed the proposal of Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos that the theme for World Maritime Day 2005 would be "International Shipping - Carrier of World Trade."

The theme was chosen to provide an ideal opportunity to draw attention to the vital role that shipping plays in underpinning the international economy and its significant contribution to international trade and the world economy as the most efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly method of transporting goods around the globe.

World Maritime Day will be celebrated on Thursday, September 29, 2005.