Day of the Seafarer

June 25 is the Day of the Seafarer, an annual and international event day coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation.

Last year’s Day of the Seafarer celebrated seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone. This year the Day will recognise the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, with the theme Seafarers Matter’.

The day recognises the unique and vital role of seafarers in the global community, and the United Nations recognise the Day of the Seafarer as an observance day.

The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 by by a resolution adopted at a diplomatic conference in Manila. The revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), the original STCW was to ensure an international standard of competency and welfare for seafarers, for their safety, and the revision was to ensure the upholding of the Day of the Seafarer as part of this. The convention’s aim was to recognise the contribution by seafarers to society and economy globally.

The resolution encourages governments, shipping firms, companies associated with sea trade and others, to promote and uphold sea trade and seafarers through the Day of the Seafarer.

The day encourages international public and official conversation about seafarers and seafaring, and the well-being of those involved in it, and interactive media relating to the Day of the Seafarer has proved extremely popular around the world, for example quizzes and interactive maps, videos and photo galleries, and social media hashtags and discussions. The day aims to see events run in ports and seafarer centres as well as online.

Leading up to the 25 June, seafarers are being invited to answer questions on what a fair future for seafarers looks like. The answers will be shared afterwards and will provide a soundboard to help guide our actions moving forward. Polls are available on all IMO social media platforms.

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