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Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Without shipping, international trade in the raw materials, energy products and affordable manufactured goods and food that help sustain our civilisation would be virtually impossible and the world would grind to a halt -  half of us would starve, the other half would freeze!

Thursday 29 September is World Maritime Day. The theme this year is ‘International Shipping – carrier of world trade.’

To coincide with the theme chosen by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Round Table of international shipping associations (BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping/International Shipping Federation, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO) has produced a special leaflet which highlights the fact that 90% of world trade is carried by sea. It also emphasises that efficiency is paramount and that, in order to operate efficiently, the shipping industry depends on a global maritime regulatory framework. 

The international shipping industry wishes to assist those seeking information about its activities.  This initiative is aimed at policy makers worldwide, whose decisions may have an impact on the efficient operation of shipping, and who are interested in seeking further information about this important industry. It is also aimed at increasing awareness about the international maritime industry among all those who are not part of it but whose lives are affected by it.

It is hoped that this simple leaflet (available on will foster a greater interest in the transport of goods by sea, and encourage a better understanding of the importance of this vital industry. The leaflet also provides basic information about the cost effectiveness of maritime transport, as well as data about the industry’s safety record and environmental performance.

Round Table press contacts:

BIMCO Peter Grube  Tel : +45 44 36 6800
INTERCARGO  Rob Lomas Tel: +44 20 7977 7036
International Chamber of Shipping/International Shipping Federation Simon Bennett Tel: +44 20 7417 2857
INTERTANKO Bill Box Tel: +44 20 7977 7023