IMO will be celebrating the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June.
The decision to establish 25 June as International Day of the Seafarer was taken at a diplomatic conference in Manila, Philippines, where milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its associated code were adopted.
Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven't.
This year, IMO gives you the chance to show your appreciation. Our social media campaign wishes to engage the public to tell us what seafarers have brought them, and to thank seafarers for doing so.
Join us in our campaign and complete the sentence:
Seafarers brought me....
Think of something you own and for which you wish to thank a seafarer. If you can, provide a photo or video of it and post it on one of our social media using the hash tag #thankyouseafarer that would be great.
Toolkits will soon be available to explain how to get involved and support the campaign. So stay tuned for more information shortly.
In 2010, the Diplomatic Conference which met in Manila to adopt milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention) and its associated Code, also agreed that the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a ‘Day of the Seafarer’. The date chosen was 25 June, the day on which the amendments were formally adopted.
The campaign objectives are:
• to increase awareness among the general public of the indispensable services you render to international seaborne trade, the world economy and society at large;
• to send a clear message to you that we recognize and appreciate your services; that we understand the extraordinary conditions and circumstances of your profession; that we do care about you; and that we do all that we can to look after and protect you when the circumstances of your life at sea so warrant; and
• to redouble our efforts at the regulatory level to create a better, safer and more secure world in which you can operate.