The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime day, each year, during the last week of September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, and to emphasize a specific aspect of IMO's work. It aims at ensuring that international shipping keeps up to date with technical and technological advances in safety.

As is customary, the Maritime Training Centre hosted an open week to coincide with the event. This year’s theme was ‘Go to sea’. The exhibition showcased the link between training at MTC and job opportunities in the maritime industry. It was open to Secondary and Post Secondary schools all over Seychelles, with the aim of encouraging students to develop an interest and love for the sea, and to teach them how to face the challenges of a career at sea.

Seychelles National Parks Authority display at the exhibition

Various organizations from the maritime sector participated in the event. The Research Section from the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) also participated, showcasing the work they do, such as; Beach Profiling, Tortoise Census and Turtle Monitoring. They also distributed brochures and pamphlets on coral conservation, and displayed colorful and educational posters on corals and climate change.