On international commercial ships, there are reportedly more than 1.6 million seafarers, most of them are from the Philippines, China, and Indonesia. * In the coming ten years, it is anticipated that the merchant fleet will continue to expand, necessitating the need for more skilled workers.
“Without seafarers, there would be no shipping”, supported by Kitck Lim, IMO Secretary-General. Around 90% of the world’s supply chain is still being maintained by seafarers. They spend a lot of time away from home and family, which means they miss many family holidays and Memorial Day. Their job contends with a variety of dangers in the interim, including bad weather, pirates and medical problems. Because of this, we should salute the people who are feeding the planet for us.
Background on the day
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) created it to promote and respect seafarers in 2010. A resolution creating the Day of the Seafarer was approved by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
The first recognised official Day of the Seafarers was observed on 25 June 2011. A conference was held in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, which is the biggest supplier of ratings.
Theme of this year
“Your voyage – then and now, share your journey” is the theme for this year. The campaign investigates mariners’ voyages, where and how they have evolved over time.
Campaigns under COVID-19 have primarily focused on social media in recent years, and the IMO has introduced a new social media hashtag, #DayOfTheSeafarer.
This year, IMO is asking seafarers to post two photos related to their first and latest voyages and tell what has changed. Is shipping greener? Is the technology better? Are you more skilled? What have you learnt?
Review photos by browsing #SeafarerJourney and #DayOfTheSeafare on social media. You are very welcome to support seafarers as well by posting encouraging photos.
Finally, a message from Kitck Lim, IMO Secretary-General about this campaign.
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