IMO Celebrates 70 Years on World Maritime Day

On Sep 27, the International Maritime Organization will celebrate the 70th annual World Maritime Day. The day's theme for this year is "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future."

Seventy years ago this March, an international conference in Geneva adopted a convention establishing the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, or IMCO. This body began its work in 1958, and two years later it adopted its first major treaty, SOLAS 1960. Many other landmark regulatory achievements followed, including MARPOL and the STCW Convention. The organization's name was changed to the International Maritime Organization in 1982.