Shipping: indispensable to the world
The 2016 theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO (International Maritime Organisation) as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today’s global society gives IMO’s work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), around 80% of global trade by volume and over 70% of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary to sustain the modern world would not be possible.
There are more than 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations and manned by more than a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.
ABMA Education offers a Shipping and Logistics qualifications that are designed to kick start or further a career in this important Industry. We also have links with the Marine Learning Alliance (MLA) and IMarEST to offer learners fantastic opportunities to progress onto varying stages of degree and masters level qualifications with potential bursaries of up to 75%. For more information click here.