The International Maritime Organization is shining a spotlight on the role of emerging technologies to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future. During the World Maritime Day 2022, on 29 September, celebrations will focus on the theme of ‘New technologies for greener shipping’, providing a platform to showcase inclusive maritime innovation, research and development, and the demonstration and deployment of new technologies.
In his message on the World Maritime theme, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “Our theme ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ opens up a larger conversation about shipping’s direction and how technology can be harnessed for a more sustainable future. It also provides an incentive to further examine how digitalization and automation can support shipping. But technological solutions for cleaner, safer and more sustainable shipping must also benefit people. In this regard, the impact on seafarers and other marine personnel, including the need for training must be considered.”
Global theme for greener tomorrow
The 2022 theme of “New technologies for greener shipping” aims to promote inclusive innovation and uptake of new technologies to support the needs for a greener transition of the maritime sector, especially in the context of developing countries, and in particular the small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).
The theme is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17, which highlights the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve these goals.
Spreading knowledge and starting conversations
Knowledge sharing is crucial for a shared innovation journey. IMO is hosting a two-day Innovation Forum and engaging global audiences to share their thoughts on the World Maritime theme via social media.
The IMO-UNEP-Norway Innovation Forum (held on 28 and 29 September 2022 both in person at IMO Headquarters in London and on a hybrid basis with livestream) aims to champion innovation to accelerate the transition of the marine sector towards a zero- and low-emission future.
IMO invites all maritime stakeholders to share information on what technologies they are using or actions they are taking to make shipping greener. The hashtag is #WorldMaritimeDay. Please tag @IMOHQ on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn).
Lighting up in blue and green
Following the inaugural lighting-up in 2021, the IMO Headquarters building will be lit up to mark the occasion of World Maritime Day 2022 and shine a spotlight on this year’s theme. The building will boast blue and green lighting, signifying the Organization’s maritime and environmental heritage, which is reflected in this year’s World Maritime Theme.
Parallel World Maritime Day
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event (WMDPE) will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 12 to 14 October 2022.