International shipping is estimated to transport more than 80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. Shipping is the most efficient method of international transportation for most goods because it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods. By facilitating trade and commerce it helps create prosperity among nations and peoples.
Recognising this, an international conference held in Geneva in 1948 established the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency under the United Nations with the aim of developing and maintaining a comprehensive regulatory framework for a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry.
World Maritime Day was celebrated for the first time on March 17, 1978.
The UN issues a theme for its annual celebration. The theme promulgated for World Maritime Day 2022 was ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ to reflect the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. The theme provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post pandemic world.
Keynotes by Esteemed guests
Dr. Pooran Pandey
Resident Representative of Climate Scorecard
Dr.(Cdr) Arnab Das
Founder & Director, MRC, Pune
Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla
PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM (RETD.) Former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Indian Navy
Capt. Sudhir Subhedar
Former President, ICCSA
Ms. Venus Upadhayaya
Senior Reporter South Asia At Epoch Times
Mr. Deepak Arora
President Public Affairs, Navara Energy
Dr. Danijel Mlinaric
President, Centre for Economics Diplomacy, Zagreb, Croatia, EU
Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke
Chairman, Pathfinder Foundation, Sri Lanka
Takeaways and Recommendations
The importance of safe, and sustainable shipping for commerce and trade; for connecting peoples and nations for the common good necessitates reliable Maritime Domain Awareness and a robust and extensive Underwater Domain Awareness.
The Indo Pacific Strategic space which is of great relevance to India enjoins it to take the lead in the development of technological expertise coupled with geo-political and geo-economic initiatives as well as Organisational structures for establishing a lasting and reliable Framework for Underwater Domain Awareness in the Indo-Pacific Strategic Space.
Due to its own dependence upon sea borne trade, India has to ensure safe shipping in the Indo- Pacific.
Considering India’s interests in strategic minerals and its status as a pioneer investor and contractor in the International Seabed Authority; its emergence as a major growing economy and the impending Presidency of the G 20 the MRC would be able to play an important role in achieving the goals of Underwater Domain Awareness. It could help put together the appropriate framework for it and even for a National Seabed Authority if the Government of India so desires. The Deep=sea mining industry, technology suppliers, environmental and risk management suppliers and others involved in exploitation and processing of strategic minerals based upon scientific knowledge would all gain from the expertise available from a Centre of Excellence to be created by the MRC.