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The secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the agency within the United Nations that deals with the maritime industry, has announced its theme for this year’s World Maritime Day.

Scheduled for September 25, World Maritime Day 2014 will highlight the “effective implementation” of IMO conventions.

In making the announcement, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu stressed that he hoped that the theme of “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” would have a real life effect on conditions within the industry.

According to Sekimizu, “The adoption of an IMO convention cannot be the end of a process. A conference is held, the text agreed, there are handshakes all around. But it’s not the end of the process. It should be the end of the beginning. Because an IMO convention is only worthwhile and meaningful if it is effectively and universally implemented.”

The IMO noted in its press release that several treaties still await final action. Among them are “the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004; the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009; the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007; the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS); and the Cape Town Agreement of 2012 on the Implementation of the Provisions of the 1993 Protocol relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels.”

Sekimizu added that implementation of the IMO measures is the responsibility of the nation states and the industry.