Port Canaveral Marks World Maritime Day, Features Focus on Shipping Safety, Marine Environment
By Space Coast Daily // September 28, 2018
highlights cooperation between ports and vessels
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Canaveral Port Authority joined in a global observance of World Maritime Day on Thursday that focused on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.
“World Maritime day enables us to highlight the cooperation between ports and vessels,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray.
“That partnership is crucial to maintaining and enhancing a safe and efficient maritime transportation system.”
As an ocean gateway to Central Florida, Port Canaveral expects that cargo revenue will reach $9.7 million, a 3.1 percent increase, and cargo tonnage will increase 2.7 percent in the coming budget year.
The Port has more than 30 trading partners around the world and handles more than 6 million of tons of cargo annually, including container, break-bulk, roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro), heavy lift, project and bulk cargo.
Major imports at the Port are cars and trucks, fertilizer, granite, limestone, lumber, paper products, perishables, petroleum, salt and slag.
World Maritime Day, created by the United Nations through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), falls on the last week of September.
The day was first observed in 1978 to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping.
This year’s theme is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” marking the 70th anniversary of an international convention in Geneva, Switzerland, that established the IMO, a specialized UN agency that develops and maintains a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.
The IMO has grown from 21 member states to about 167 member states and three associate members. Members include nearly all nations with an interest in maritime affairs, including those involved in the shipping industry and coastal states with an interest in protecting their maritime environment.
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