10 September 2018
Ministry of Transport and Communications organized “World Maritime Day 2018” in Yangon on Monday. This year theme is "IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future" to provide the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.
Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, U Thar Oo attended the ceremony and gave an opening remark. In his remark, he said “Based on the theme of this year, if we want to develop maritime community and to create the great future, we have to cooperate each other.”
Director (legal & Technical Standards), Department of Marine Administration (MOTC), Soe Naing said “Today, We also celebrated 70th years anniversary of International Maritime Organization since the IMO convention was adopted. Our mission is to implement sustainable shipping industry that offers safety, secure, environmental protection and social responsibility. We are also trying to improve the quality of Seafarers standard to become Seafarer supply country in Shipping Market.”
This year, Myanmar also started a global program known as the Integration of Women In the Maritime community.
Managing Director, Myanmar Ocean Win Services Co., Ltd, Win Ngwe said “Empowering Women In the Maritime Community” has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. But women are afraid of being unsafe when they are at work. They should promote self-control when they are at work. I think it is a must to empower women in the maritime community. There should have a mutual trust between seafarers and Shipping companies to get job opportunities for the seafarers.
It is learnt that World Maritime day was started since 1978 and every member nation of International Maritime Organization celebrates it annually.