First celebrated in 1978, World Maritime Day was established to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution to the world’s economy. It provides a platform for the key issues facing international shipping and the solutions that we as an industry are working hard to deliver. Today, this includes a wide-range of issues relating to maritime transport, increased efficiency, navigational safety, and security and protection of the marine environment.
To commemorate World Maritime Day 2017 – which took place yesterday – Ardmore Shipping organised a range of activities in line with this year’s theme of “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”.
This built upon the theme for 2016 – “Shipping: indispensable to the world” – and focused on recognising the many diverse players involved in the worlds of shipping and logistics.
Ardmore Shipping’s principal operating office in Ireland, along with our colleagues based in Houston, Bermuda, and Singapore, organised a number of events to mark the occasion.
Cork-based team members took part in a Q&A session and lunch with the Port of Cork, including a tour of the Port building. Separately, Ardmore donated an allowance for each crew member on board an Ardmore vessel to celebrate. Ardmore also organised art and photography competitions for office-based staff, crew, and their children. Our colleagues in Bermuda marked the occasion with a luncheon organised in partnership with the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).
Commenting on this year’s celebrations, Mark Cameron, Executive Vice President and COO, said: “We are proud to have taken part in the World Maritime Day celebrations. As a team, we felt that the focus of this year’s theme highlighted the importance of efficiency, sustainability, and safety, and echoed Ardmore’s core value of upholding operational excellence across all Ardmore vessels. Most importantly, we valued the opportunity to continue encouraging our ship-to-shore relationships, by getting everyone involved in the celebrations.”