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First annual World Maritime Day celebration at the Port of Vancouver

September 12, 2019

Free, family-friendly event recognizes local maritime culture with musical performances, community activations, on-water demonstrations and more!

Join the celebrations on September 28 at the first annual World Maritime Day event at the Port of Vancouver! Revel in the delightful assortment of family-friendly events including musical performances, exhibitor booths and displays, community activations, speaker presentations, and on-water demonstrations.

“World Maritime Day is a terrific opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the rich history of Vancouver’s maritime culture and recognize the significant role the maritime sector plays in the daily lives of Canadians, getting goods to and from our port city,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “Alongside our port community partners, terminal operators, and industry stakeholders, we are excited to celebrate the first World Maritime Day event at the Port of Vancouver.”

World Maritime Day was established in 1978 by the United Nations to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention’s entry into force. Celebrations are held throughout the world every September to recognize the international maritime industry’s contribution to shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme of this year’s event is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” which provides an opportunity to highlight the important contribution of women within the maritime sector.

World Maritime Day at the Port of Vancouver includes:

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver, 999 Canada Place (North Point, Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre and West Promenade)


World Maritime Day at the Port of Vancouver is brought to you by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, with support from Holland America Line, WestPark, North Shore News, Vancouver Courier, Delta Optimist, Global BC, BC1, Rock 101, Global News Radio 980 CKNW, The World Famous CFOX and Daily Hive.

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About Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Port of Vancouver

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, supporting trade with more than 170 world economies. The port authority is financially self-sufficient and accountable to the federal minister of transport, operating pursuant to the Canada Marine Act with a mandate to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. We oversee the administration, management and control of land and water within the jurisdiction of the port, which includes more than 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land, and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline. Located on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, the Port of Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet, bordering 16 municipalities and intersecting the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. Enabling the trade of approximately $240 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:
Danielle Jang
Media Relations Advisor
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