Szczecin, JUNE 13 - 15, 2018

October 3, 2017 Poland hosts World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 PANAMA

In Panama, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Marek Gróbarczyk received the flag of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018. Therefore, Poland officially has become host to the most important maritime celebration of the United Nations, which will be held in June 2018 in Szczecin..

The fact that Poland has been granted the title to organise the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 is not only a great distinction, but also the recognition of our efforts to rebuild the maritime industry and inland navigation. We wish to take advantage of this event to attract remarkable guests, experts and, above all, investors to our country, and to show that Poland has good prospects for development and is a perfect place to organise world-class events – said Minister Marek Gróbarczyk.


The leading motif of next year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 will be IMO 70: Our Heritage –. Better Navigation for a Better Future. The event will cover not only the official proceedings and a conference devoted to maritime issues, but also a number of accompanying cultural, sports and recreational events available to residents.

It is worth noting that in 2018 we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime Organization, which is a UN specialised agency dealing with maritime affairs, maritime safety, international shipping and the prevention of marine environment pollution.

This year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 took place in Panama on October 1-3, and Minister Marek Gróbarczyk was a guest of honour to them. He took part in the discussion of ministers dedicated to maritime education, maritime safety and digital security.

He met with Mr Kitack Lim, who is the IMO Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, and the ministers for maritime affairs and transport from Panama, South Africa, and Iran.

Additionally, Minister Marek Gróbarczyk visited the Panama Canal, which in June 2016 was re-commissioned after the complex development and expansion of water gates.