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Pushing for safety at sea

Safety of life at sea is everybody’s business!

That is the strong message coming from the Ministry of International Business and International Transport, as it celebrates Maritime Week from September 23 to 28 under the local theme: 100 Years after the Titanic – Safety of Life at Sea.

The week of activities started yesterday with a thanksgiving service at the Paynes Bay Methodist Church on Sunday and continues on Wednesday, when Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson will deliver remarks and present the third annual Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Maritime Studies, during an Interactive Careers Showcase at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed beginning at 9:30 a.m.

World Maritime Day 2012 will be celebrated on Thursday, September 27 under the international theme: 100 Years after the Titanic.

In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said one of the consequences of the April 14, 1912 sinking of the Titanic that claimed the lives of over 1, 500 people was the adoption of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (the SOLAS Convention) two years later.

That has since been superseded by the SOLAS of 1974 which is still enforced today, but was amended and updated.

The Secretary-General pointed out that this year’s theme would provide an opportunity for all those involved in the industry to take stock of the developments in maritime safety since the disaster, and examine which areas of ship safety should be given priority in the years to come. (BGIS)

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