Celebrating World Maritime Day 2023

Kuala Lumpur – With the theme “MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on”, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrated the World Maritime Day on 28 September 2023.  

The theme this year reflected on the significant efforts driving environmental protection from the impacts of shipping via a robust regulatory framework. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships through its six technical annexes.

At this opportune time, Ms Cheryl Rita, MIMA Research Fellow and Head of the Centre for Straits of Malacca (SOM) was invited to speak at Yinson’s Sustainability Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

In her presentation, she deliberated on the status, developments, and progress under the six MARPOL annexes and national policy actions for effective implementation. Discussions were also mainly centred on maritime decarbonisation targets and energy needs, as well as the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 13 and 14. 


The World Maritime Day provided a platform to celebrate environmental protection by the maritime stakeholders, besides underscoring MIMA’s dedication towards building on existing foundation towards enhanced interactions and engagements with the industry players on the subject area.

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