By: Kristof Tegako Eliander
The Namibian Ports Authority will be joining the international community in celebrating World Maritime day, which is commemorated on 29 September annually.
Speaking to The Villager on Tuesday, the corporate information manager at Namport, Tana Pesat, said this year the event will be appreciating “New technologies for greener shipping” and will take place at the Port of Walvisbay, Namport.
“We will be hosting a series of activities to complement the day. These activities include exhibition booths displaying information on maritime-related careers by stakeholders within the maritime industry. Drawing and essay competition open to schools within the Erongo region, port tours for schools and the public, boarding and viewing of the Namibian Defense Force Navy Vessel, a ministry of fisheries and marine resources vessel, as well as our own tugs.” she said.
She further said they want to create an interest for school-going people to have a broad understanding of the maritime sector and notice what Namport does.
Furthermore, Pesat said some companies will join Namport in commemoration, such as Namdock, Ministry of Fisheries, Namfee, and Benguela Current Convection, to mention a few.
World Maritime Day was first held in 1978 to mark the 20th anniversary of the IMO Convention’s entry into force. Celebrations are held worldwide to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasise a particular aspect of IMO’s work.
World Maritime Day celebrations are usually held during the last week in September.
“New technologies for greener shipping” has been chosen as the World Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of the Maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind.