Australia celebrates World Maritime Day 2021

30 September 2021

Australia is delighted to embrace this year’s theme—Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future, by taking part in the International Maritime Organization’s initiative to light up maritime buildings in blue. On 30 September two lighthouses—and Australia House in London will join other buildings around the globe in a display of solidarity towards the world’s seafarers. 

Without the world’s hardworking seafarers, there would be no shipping. This World Maritime Day we highlight the importance of our seafarers and the need to provide supportive working conditions for them to continue providing this key service. 

See the videos where Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Australia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO and our Chief Executive Officer speak about the extremely difficult circumstances seafarers have sustained and the need to provide the supportive and safe working environment they deserve. 

Seafarers: At the core of shipping's future

World Maritime Day 2021 - Dr Michelle Grech

Dr Michelle Grech talks about how seafarers shaped her thinking as a marine engineer, and now in her role as AMSA’s Manager Vessel Operations Manager, how she works to support seafarer welfare more broadly through engagement with port welfare providers, policy development and safety campaigns. 


AMSA CEO Mick Kinley addresses World maritime Day 2021 

AMSA CEO Mick Kinley as he talks about the role of seafarers in ensuring the standard of living we enjoy, and some of the pressures they face to deliver this. 

World Maritime Day 2021 - The Hon George Brandis QC, Australia's Permanent Representative to the IMO 

The Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom explains why Australia is proud to take part in World Maritime Day. 


World Maritime Day 2021 - Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP 

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks to us about the important role seafarers play in the world’s shipping industry and Australia’s economy. 

Commendation for exceptional bravery at sea

17 September 2021

Australian pilot captain Ritesh Bhamaria has received an IMO commendation for exceptional bravery at sea.

Ritesh Bhamaria

25 June 2021

Today is International Day of the Seafarer!

On 25 June the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrate International Day of the Seafarer. The theme is a fair future for seafarers. 

Read more about how we are celebrating seafarers.


12 March 2021

IMO Secretary-General appoints Annalisse Sly as member of the WMU board of directors

Annalisse's experience in the maritime industry is to join the World Maritime University where her experience will be an asset to the governing body of maritime and ocean professionals.

Read more about her appointment.


19 February 2021

Australia aims for re-election to IMO Council

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has announced our candidacy.

Read the media release

Australia celebrated World Maritime Day 2020

Australia supports the work of the IMO to prepare the maritime sector for a sustainable future. See the videos where Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Australia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO (PRIMO) speak about Australia’s commitment to ensuring a sustainable planet for all, and recognising the service, courage and commitment of the maritime community in these difficult times.