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World Maritime Day 2012 to Commemorate Titanic Tragedy after 100 Years


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) plans to celebrate the World Maritime Day for this year by remembering one of the greatest sea tragedies in the word- the sinking of the Titanic ship. The historical ship sank 100 years ago on April of 1912.

The proposal to make Titanic sinking the theme for this year’s celebration came from the Secretary-General of IMO, Efthimios Mitropoulos.

Mitropoulos endorsed, “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic” to be the theme of the Word Maritime Day celebration for 2012 so they can focus on the safety of life at the sea. He proposed it during the 106th session of the IMO Council in June 2012.

The sinking of Titanic that claimed 1,503 lives is an important event for the ship industry because it paved the way for the adoption of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (the SOLAS Convention) in 1914. Updated versions of the 1914 SOLAS convention were gradually released: SOLAS 1929, SOLAS 1948, SOLAS 1960 and SOLAS 1974.  The latest SOLAS 1974 is still followed today, although it had been amended many times.The SOLAS 1960 is the first adopted under the guidelines of IMO, which was known at the time as IMCO.

The theme of World maritime Day for 2012 aims to do the following:

·         Take stock of improvements in maritime safety during the 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic;

·         Pay tribute to the memory of those, who lost their lives in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic on that fatal night of 14 April 1912;

·         Highlight that the sacrifice of so many of the Titanic (passengers and crew) has not gone in vain;

·         Examine whether the lessons drawn from amongst the most costly (in human lives lost) accidents of the last 100 years have been learnt to the full;

·         Examine the safety record of shipping and identify those areas that have contributed the most to its improvement over the years;

·         Identify the most contributory factors (systems, concepts, mechanisms, etc) in the quest for ever-enhanced safety in shipping;

·         Examine which areas, within the overall spectrum of maritime safety (constructional, operational, cargo, human element, etc.), should be given priority consideration in the years to come;  and

·         Pay tribute to all those who, in the course of the 100 years, have contributed to improvements in maritime safety.


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