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Keep our waterways safe from maritime disasters this September

Genoa portWhen: September 25

What: When maritime disasters occur, the news coverage may dwindle off after a week or so, but the impact on people, the environment and economies can last for years. Recognize the importance of marine shipping and safety this Sept. 25 on World Maritime Day.

Background: Established by the International Maritime Organization, this U.N. event focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.

Story Pitch: World Maritime Day focuses on issues regarding marine conservation, international shipping and maritime safety, so a range of organizations and companies can pitch around it. Shipping companies can focus on the steps they’ve taken to ensure employee safety and on their own innovations that enable them to follow regulations but also meet the needs of their clients. Marine conservation groups will want to focus on the damage that can be done to oceans when proper precautions aren’t taken; these groups might consider partnering with companies that have a solid track record of preserving marine environments while fishing, shipping or engaging in businesses that depend on the ocean. Companies that work to solve security concerns can focus on their methods for handling the unique security challenges posed by the open sea and international ports.

Story Hook: Oil spills are a chronic threat. What is being done to prevent and contain them? What other aspects of maritime work and safety may be commonly overlooked? Keep the following in mind while making your pitch:

  • What are the biggest dangers to people who work in maritime industries?
  • What work is being done to enforce maritime safety and security?
  • What are some of the lesser known impacts of shipping on marine life?
  • How does international shipping affect pollution and the spread of illness?

Tips: Provide contact information for an expert in ocean safety or shipping logistics. Someone who works in the maritime industry can shed light on the issues affecting the oceans today.


International Maritime Organization

Marine Conservation Institute
(425) 247-1180

Marine Society

United States Coast Guard
(202) 372-4632

–Researched, compiled & written by Nicholas Testa
Event Dates  from CHASE’S Calendar of Events


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