The World Maritime Day Parallel Event is the most important maritime event of the United Nations. I am proud that the IMO has decided to hold the event in Szczecin, Poland. The honour is even greater in view of the fact that for the first time in history, the World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be celebrated in the Baltic Sea and Central and Eastern European region.
Poland has been an IMO member state since 1960, continuously involved in work to fulfill the Organisation’s mission: promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping. Most recent years have allowed Polish maritime economy to flourish. We have been regularly noting new records for marine harbour transhipment handling, the shipyard industry is under modernisation we are engaging in key investments to support transportation by inland navigation, maritime universities in Gdynia and Szczecin are considered among the best across the world in terms of education quality.
I am deeply convinced that the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin will be an excellent opportunity to present the potential of the Polish maritime economy, and the entire Baltic Sea and Central and Eastern European region. Our strategic geographical location predestines Poland for a major role in developing international maritime transport, including new intermodal routes. I believe that the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin will yield new solutions to support Better Shipping for a Better Future.
I am looking forward to welcoming you to Maritime Poland!