National Maritime Day, USA

Click here for details of the 2013 World Maritime Day Observance
on Wednesday, October 30, in New York City.

Every May 22 by Presidential Decree

The United States Merchant Marine has met our country's economic and security needs, in wartime and in peace.

On National Maritime Day, we honor merchant mariners for their dedication to promoting commerce and protecting our freedom.

National Maritime Day Seminar/Dinner
and AMVER Awards

Tuesday, May 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Videos:   Seminar, Part 1   |   Seminar, Part 2   |   AMVER Awards

Photos:   Click here to see many, many more AMVER photos on Flickr

Industry and governmental leaders discussed issues of the day surrounding keeping seafarers, and passengers, safe at sea. From whistle blowing, to the Maritime Labor Convention, to harbor of safe refuge and seafarer welfare, this seminar highlighted both best practices and opportunities for improvement. The seminar also included a discussion of the newly released RULET program from NOAA dealing with the prioritization of potentially polluting shipwrecks.

The National Maritime Day Dinner & AMVER Awards celebrated the achievements of the merchant marine industry and included the presentation of the AMVER Awards. This year's dinner highlighted the developments in the industry, and recognized the 163 shipping companies who participate in the United States Coast Guard's voluntary AMVER rescue at sea program.




2012 National Maritime Day Seminar, Dinner & Awards


National Maritime Day Seminar, Part 1

Natinal Maritime Day Seminar, Part 2

AMVER Awards Dinner Speakers


On the Waterfront: the Evolving Role of Port Ministry by the Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele. History and evolution of maritime ministry for port chaplains and others serving seafarers, dock workers, ship owners, and port authorities.

Maritime Links

North American Maritime Ministry Association

North American Maritime Environment Protection Association

The 2008 Presidential Proclamation

World Maritime Day North America

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