Education and training the focus of 2015 World Maritime Day

Media Release


24 September 2015

Education and training is the focus of today's 2015 World Maritime Day as the maritime transport industry prepares for the growth of shipping around the globe.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the annual celebration recognises the significant contribution of more than 1.5 million seafarers around the world and also highlights the vital need for a modern, efficient shipping industry for Australia.

“Importantly, this year the industry is focussing on the need for increased training and education in the maritime sector, which is vital for Australian shipping to be dynamic in meeting the domestic and international challenges of the 21st century,” Mr Truss said.

“As an island nation, an export nation and a nation that needs to move more freight around our coastline on ships, we are reliant on shipping. Global shipping is forecast to increase by 70% between now and 2030, and predicted to generate demand for an extra 40,000 seafarers each year.

“Highly skilled seafarers will be needed to keep ships and crew safe in the most testing of conditions and in the face of unprecedented demand.

“More than 90% of the world's trade is conducted via shipping and 10% of the world's sea trade passes through Australian ports. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for some 40% of the world's cargo-carrying fleet and around half of the world's seafarers.

“The safe delivery of this trade depends on the professionalism and competence of seafarers in line with international standards.

“Australia has chaired the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) sub-committee since 2014, responsible for setting the international standards for training and certification of seafarers, reviewing and updating model courses and relevant training guidelines.

“This year, Australia was elected chair of one of the largest IMO bodies, the Maritime Safety Committee. Australia is a world-leader in maritime affairs, an active member of the IMO and is a founding member of its governing Council.”

World Maritime Day 2015 was marked with a celebration in Canberra, with representatives from IMO member nations, hosted by Mr Truss.