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World Maritime Day in the Twin Ports

World Maritime Day will be celebrated in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wisc., on October 16. The public is invited to join the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Duluth's Omnimax Theatre for free tours of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER from noon to 5 PM and a special IMAX movie screening of Mysteries of the Great Lakes at 5 PM. Two free tickets to the movie will be given away to the first 125 people who respond online to the question: How do you think a changing climate will impact the Great Lakes? To participate in the giveaway, follow the directions and rules on Minnesota Sea Grant's maritime transportation page.

Tickets to the Omnimax screening celebrating World Maritime Day in Duluth are also available for a special discount rate of $5. At the Mysteries of the Great Lakes screening, Dave Anderson, Northland's NewsCenter meteorologist and Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-4, will give a brief presentation and host a question-and-answer session. Local sponsors of the Twin Port's World Maritime Day celebration will offer information and door prizes, such as life vests, posters, books, and tickets to the William A. Irvin Haunted Ship.

"World Maritime Day is a perfect moment to reflect on the role of shipping in our lives and to consider the importance of maritime transportation in our future," said Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. "As the United States works to reduce its carbon footprint, it seems logical, if not essential to revisit options to use waterborne transportation to move our commodities and materials. Per ton of cargo, ships are much more fuel efficient, far less polluting, and safer than other modes of transportation."

The October 16 celebration in the Twin Ports is part of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event being held in New York City. The Parallel Event is hosted by different countries each year and is sponsored by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This is the U.S.'s year to showcase World Maritime Day in a parallel event. The IMO will celebrate World Maritime Day at its London, United Kingdom, headquarters on September 24. The purpose is to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work. The theme this year is "Climate Change: A Challenge for IMO too!"

"We are honored to be the hosts of the 2009 International Maritime Organization World Maritime Day Parallel Event," said the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen. "The Parallel Event is an opportunity for the maritime community to come together with the public to celebrate the contributions of the maritime industry, as well as discuss and promote ways in which we can address areas important to us all."

In addition to the main event in New York City, ports like Duluth are hosting events and roundtable discussions highlighting what they can do to address climate change impacts in their region. For more information on the 2009 World Maritime Day, go to www.seagrant.umn.edu/maritime/.

Posted on September 22, 2009

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