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World Maritime Day: Bangladesh committed to greener shipping

The first World Maritime Day was observed on 17 March 1978 to commemorate the day on which the IMO Convention came into effect

Update : 29 Sep 2022, 10:59 PM

Bangladesh observed World Maritime Day 2022 on Thursday with a commitment to promote this year’s theme, ‘New technologies for greener shipping’, in the maritime sector.

The Department of Shipping of the Ministry of Shipping of Bangladesh arranged a high-level seminar at InterContinental Dhaka where Law Minister Anisul Huq, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Major (Retd) Rafiqul Islam, Bir Uttam, and other stakeholders and experts, among others, took part.

The speakers emphasized the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 13 and 14 points on the sustainable use of climate, oceans, seas and marine resources.

Law Minister Anisul Huq said: "The faster we can properly adapt with environment-friendly technologies, the sooner our maritime sector will flourish.”

“We need to focus on socio-economic sustainable policies to achieve SDG goals. Otherwise, we will lag behind other countries in global competition. Carbon emissions from ships can be reduced by fully complying with national and international laws and regulations related to international maritime trade and shipping. We must respect all international laws," he added.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said: “Like the other sectors the maritime sector is advancing rapidly under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The growth of Chittagong port is almost twice the national growth. To meet growing demand, several multi-billion dollar projects have been launched, including construction of new jetties and terminals, construction of deep sea ports, etc. Bangladesh is now being compared to countries like China, Japan and South Korea due to its shipbuilding potential.”

“Bangladeshi graduates of World Maritime University are contributing to various sectors of the maritime industry, especially in maritime education. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University has been established in Bangladesh for higher maritime education, which will play an important role in conducting research into technology and environment-friendly shipping,” he added.

Professor Dr Mohammad Tamim, head of the Petroleum and Mineral Resource Engineering Department of BUET, presented the keynote at the seminar.

The top five individuals and organizations of the year were awarded for their special contribution in five sectors of maritime at the closing of the seminar.

Deceased sailor Hadisur Rahman of Banglar Samriddhi was posthumously conferred the ‘Bravery at Sea’ award for his special contribution amid the Russia-Ukraine war in Ukraine.

Every year, on the final Thursday of September, people around the world commemorate World Maritime Day to recognize the hard work of those who work in the maritime industry.

The theme for this year is ‘New technologies for greener shipping’. The need to promote a green transition of the maritime industry into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind is reflected in this year’s theme for the day.

It offers a chance to concentrate on the significance of a sustainable maritime industry and the necessity to rebuild better and more sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

The 2022 theme will also enable a variety of initiatives to focus on particular issues relating to the promotion of inclusive innovation and the adoption of new technology to aid in the marine industry’s need for a greener transition.

In 1948, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was founded to oversee the shipping sector. The IMO upholds a thorough structure that covers technological collaboration, environmental regulation, legal recourse and safety for every member of its workforce.

The first World Maritime Day was observed on 17 March 1978 to commemorate the day on which the IMO Convention came into effect.

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