Established by the United Nations in 1978, World Maritime Day is meant to recognize the importance of the maritime industry and its essential role in the world.
The 2023 theme, MARPOL at 50 – Our Commitment Goes On, spotlights the fifty-year anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes.
Our Bay Area maritime industry has embraced MARPOL and the spirit of World Maritime Day through many innovations and programs that improve the maritime environment, maritime safety and security, and international shipping.
As a maritime welfare organization and a proud member of the Bay Area maritime community, Seafarers Ministry of the Golden Gate at the International Maritime Center, aims to do our part to raise awareness about the multiple contributions the shipping industry makes in the Bay Area and places all over the globe.
WORLD MARITIME DAY CELEBRATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28 – 30, 2023
Thursday September 28 2023: 8:30 – 10:00 am
A gathering for invited maritime industry and civic representatives. An inspiring program of music, sumptuous food, keynote remarks and networking will acknowledge current and ongoing clean energy efforts and accomplishments of the bay area maritime industry and others. Also, highlights of the programs and services that the Maritime Center offers to address the issues, needs and hardships of international seafarers as they berth at the Port of Oakland.
Saturday September 30, 2023: 8:30 am – 12 noon
Our gathering will feature our common connections through food, art, and the oceans through a delicious menu of pancakes, live music, a Maritime Art Exhibit, and the Maritime Opportunities Awareness Expo with sign-Ups for the new Ship Welcome and Visitor Force; Christmas at Sea volunteers and other roles. Tickets : $20
(Registration for the Community Connections Breakfast event opens September 1, 2023)
SEA SUNDAY – Sunday October 1, 2023
Churches, faith centers, non-religious groups and individuals are encouraged to set aside time to remember, pray for, and support seafarers, their families, and the maritime community.