Port of Long Beach supports World Maritime Day

LONG BEACH, Calif. — In a recently signed letter, Adm. Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced that the United States will be the host of the 2009 World Maritime Day Parallel Event scheduled to be held in New York City and other locations around the country on October 16, 2009.

World Maritime Day is an annual opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. The event is sponsored by the International Maritime Organization IMO, the United Nations agency involved in international maritime activities. The theme of this year’s World Maritime Day celebration is “Climate Change: A Challenge for IMO too”

At the urging of Commandant Allen, activities with marine environmental protection themes will take place in ports around the nation marking the event.

The Port of Long Beach Green Port Fest, scheduled to be held on October 3, 2009, has been identified by Coast Guard officials as a parallel event in line with the theme of World Maritime Day.

Green Port Fest will include more than 70 booths and exhibits, children’s activities, entertainment, boat tours, rail tours, and more. Information and exhibits regarding clean power initiatives, port sustainability, and local recycling programs will be available and visitors will have the opportunity to explore environmentally friendly practices which can be incorporated into their daily lives.

The Coast Guard encourages members of the public to participate in the Port of Long Beach Green Port Fest and to join the Coast Guard in recognizing the importance of the maritime industry and its advances towards safe, secure, and environmentally responsible transportation of the world’s goods.

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