­Celebrating World ­Maritime Day

Leandrea Mouers
Various activities will be hosted at the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) in celebrating the tireless work of the international maritime industry.

Namport will be joining the international community in celebrating World Maritime Day, which is annually commemorated on 29 September.

This year, the celebrations will take place under the central theme of “New technologies for greener shipping”.

According to the United Nations (UN) the theme for this year’s celebrations reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind.

“It provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post-pandemic world.

“The 2022 theme will also allow for a range of activities to delve into specific topics related to the promotion of inclusive innovation and uptake of new technologies to support the needs for a greener transition of the maritime sector, especially in the context of developing countries, and in particular, the small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).”

With this in mind, Namport will be hosting a series of activities to complement the day.

Some of these activities include exhibition booths displaying information on maritime-related careers by stakeholders within the maritime industry, drawing and essay competitions open to schools within the Erongo region, port tours for schools and the public, and boarding and viewing of the Namibian defence force navy vessel, a ministry of fisheries and marine resources vessel, as well as Namport tugs.

The festivities at Namport will kick off on 29 September and continue until 1 October. Interested individuals can secure their spot at https://forms.office.com/r/H3vNpXTtid or visit the Namport head office on or before 23 September 2022.