Celebrating The Maritime Industry on #NationalMaritimeDay
Each year on May 22, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Maritime Industry.
This holiday was created by the U.S. Congress in 1933 to commemorate the milestone of what happened on this date in 1819 – an American steamship set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first-ever transoceanic voyage to England.
As a company with offices not only in the US, but in Denmark, Singapore, and Dubai, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate Maritime workers all over the world, as this industry is interconnected on a global scale and every country relies on Maritime trade to sell what it has and buy what it needs.
“Maritime transport is the backbone of global trade and the global economy.”
– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki‑moon
Everybody in the world benefits from shipping, yet few people realize it. Rose George, a journalist who spent months traveling the ocean on a variety of huge ships to report this book on shipping, calls the Maritime Industry “the invisible industry”:
“These ships are the reason behind your affordable T-shirt and reasonably priced television. But who looks behind a television now and sees the ship that brought it?”
– Rose George, Journalist and Author
The Maritime industry transports food, clothes, technology, medicine, and so many of the resources and goods that we rely on each day. So today, we celebrate all of the Maritime workers – from the security officers to the chartering managers, the captains to the engineers, and everybody else whose collective efforts help run this critical industry.