The multi-faceted maritime world offers a series of rich and fulfilling career opportunities for
young people, both at sea and ashore.
Seafaring can provide young generations not only with an opportunity to provide for their
families but also with unique opportunities to navigate the seas of the globe and encounter the
wonders of the world. Other avenues such as marine engineering, naval architecture and
maritime law provide the chance for an exciting and dynamic life in a truly vital professional
But young people need to be engaged and enthused if they are to see and understand these
opportunities. With this in mind, IMO has launched the IMO Maritime Ambassadors scheme.
Who is an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador?
An IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador is a spokesperson or advocate for the maritime and
Who can nominate an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador?
IMO Member Governments and international organizations in consultative status or which
have concluded an agreement of cooperation with IMO are invited to participate in the
scheme by selecting and identifying "IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors" to promote the
maritime and seafaring professions and raise awareness of the positive benefits of choosing a
career at sea or other maritime profession.
What does an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador do?
IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the
maritime world with others, particularly young people who are starting out on their further
education, apprenticeships and career pathways.
By reaching out, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors can engage, inspire and call upon
young people to consider careers at sea or in the maritime industries. The goal is to reach new
target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.
Nominating an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador
Governments or other organizations wishing to nominate candidates for the IMO Goodwill
Maritime Ambassador Scheme are invited to submit an endorsed nomination form during the
nomination period. Just download and complete the form, then send it by email to
ero[@]imo.org (without spaces). Please put 'Goodwill Maritime Ambassador Scheme' in the
subject line of your email. Please note that the next nomination period will open in late 2021.
I want to become an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, how can I get nominated?
Individuals may not nominate themselves.If you are an individual who is interested in the
scheme, please contact your national Government or a relevant organization (NGO or IGO).