This year’s theme for World Maritime DayWorld Maritime Day is One Hundred Years After the Titanic. In 1912, when the Titanic sank, more than 1500 people lost their lives. Two year’s later, in 1914,┬áthe first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea was adopted.

This year’s theme will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments in maritime safety since that disaster and to examine which areas of ship safety should be given priority in the years to come.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says, “A century after the Titanic was lost in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the IMO is striving to ensure continual improvement in safety at sea. Its work is as important now as ever.”