In 2008, the European Maritime Day was celebrated for the first time. The event included a stakeholder conference in Brussels 19-20 May, which focused on the regional approach to the implementation of Maritime Policy, and dialogue with stakeholders. The European Maritime Day was officially launched on 20 May 2008 in Strasbourg where the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering, Council President Janez Janša, and Commission President José Manuel Barroso signed a Joint Tripartite Declaration [95 KB] establishing a ‘European Maritime Day’.
Commissioner Joe Borg gives opening address
Ministerial Panel (from left to right) Karin Roth, Joao Mira Gomes, Joe Borg, Fokion Fotiadis, Radovan Žerjav, Elisabeth Walaas and Willi Piecyk
Session I: (from left to right) Marco Sorgetti, Alfons Guinier, Fokion Fotiadis, Reinhard Lüken and Paola Lancellotti
Session II: (from left to right) P. Nemitz, Fokion Fotiadis and John Richardson
Session III: (from left to right) Patrick Verhoeven, Edward Hill, Dieter Benz, Fokion Fotiadis, Michel Delebarre and Laurent Monsaingeon
Session IV: (from left to right) Xavier Gizard, Helmut Bloech, Fokion Fotiadis and Aaron McLoughlin
Session V: (from left to right) Jean Yves Le Drian, Fokion Fotiadis, Uwe Döring and Richard Lochhead
Schools to Sea: 16 May
To celebrate European Maritime Day, local primary schools visited the Research Vessel Celtic Explorer in the fishing port of Killybegs, County Donegal.
Over one hundred 8 to 11 years olds, the citizens of tomorrow, had a unique opportunity to visit this state-of-the-art research vessel to learn about their maritime heritage and the crucial role played by the oceans and seas in their every day life.
Cleaning the harbour floor of Ponza Island: 17 May
“Niente Leghe sotto i Mari” is the campaign promoted by the environmental association Marevivo and Cobat – Consortium for spent lead-acid batteries – to free sea floors from dangerous waste, in collaboration with the the Italian Government Harbour Forces and supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Territory and Sea. The aim of the “Niente Leghe Sotto i Mari” campaign is to give a concrete contribution to the protection of the sea ecosystem from waste, especially from the dangerous elements - lead and sulphuric acid - contained in the spent lead-acid batteries dispersed on the sea harbour floors.
11th European Manning & Training Conference: 20 May
With the conference Lloyd’s List events returned to the busy Baltic maritime hub on the Polish coast. The event brought together leading figures in the shipping community who were seeking to tackle one of the industry’s most pressing challenges, the growing shortage of manpower. Delegates were brought up to speed with the latest developments in Polish and European ship manning. Leading speakers also covered the international scene as they debated the most promising solutions to the manpower crisis.
RORO 2008: 20-22 May
RORO 2008, a large shipping industry event, took place in Gothenburg from 20th to 22nd May 2008. The RORO 2008 conference programme focused strongly on the environmental issues facing ro-ro operators, ports and global shipping companies. This wide ranging event explored both technical and logistical issues and featured a large trade show with over 100 exhibitors.
68th International FISHING Fair: 23-25 May
Rendez-vous in Ancona (Italy) from 23rd to 25th May 2008. This event focused on equipment and innovative technologies, logistics, and quality for professional fishing, surrounding 3 thematic shows: Fish Tech, Quality Fish, and logistics and distribution.
The Week of the Sea: 24 May
EUCC - The Coastal Union was involved in the Week of the Sea, a key maritime event starting May 24th in the Netherlands. This year's theme was 'full steam ahead'.
European Maritime Day - Plymouth Community Festival, Plymouth Hoe: 26 May
Plymouth Harbour was the stunning waterside backdrop to European Maritime Day and the Plymouth Community Festival this year. Live music from up and coming bands and a 40 strong fleet of yachts competing in the Sound for the IRS Yachts Championships.
Plymouth Community Festival: 26 May
The European Maritime Day celebration at Plymouth Hoe featured local organisations, live music, 40 strong fleet of yachts competing in the IRS Yachts Area Championships, and the City of Plymouth 'remote control racing' model Grand Prix.