SEPTEMBER 30, 2021


Each year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day to highlight the many great achievements in the maritime industry as well as to bring focus to relevant issues affecting our marine communities.   This year’s theme is “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future”. “The theme was adopted to focus attention on seafarers who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of their vital role as essential workers for global supply chains today and in the future.

The Government of Belize (GOB), Ministry of Public Utilities & Logistics, Belize Coast Guard (BCG), the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), and the Belize Port Authority (BPA) join the IMO in supporting the World Maritime Theme – “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future”. To mark the occasion, Belize Port Authority and the maritime community have organized a series of events for this week to bring awareness to the theme.

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 join us as we celebrate the World Maritime Day on Channel 5 or via Zoom Link from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. We will be hearing from the Minister of Transport, Public Utilities and Logistics, Hon. Rodwell Ferguson; Major (Ret’d) Gilbert Swaso, Ports Commissioner of Belize Port Authority (BPA), Senior Deputy Registrar, Ms. Annette Garel of International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), Commandant Captain Elton Bennett of Belize Coast Guard (BCG) and special Guest Speaker, President, Ms. Dwynette Eversley of Women in Maritime Association, Carribbean (WiMAC). There will be an interactive Maritime Trivia segement engaging our viewers for an opportunity to win prizes and surprises sponsored by the Maritime Administrations and Stakeholders.

So as we celebrate, let us focus on finding solutions and preparing for the post-COVID world – a world in which sustainable shipping will play a crucial role.

World Maritime Day 2021 - IMO Secretary-General's message