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Day of the Seafarer 2014

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 Thank you for joining the campaign

​Thanks to everyone who participated in Day of the Seafarer 2014. The campaign has been a huge success – reaching over 25 million people worldwide.

Here are a few figures you might like to read:

  • More than 15 000 of you enjoyed our video animation on YouTube
  • About 300 000 of you visited our Facebook page and interacted with it
  • People from 94 different countries shared entries on our virtual wall
  • Thousands of you sent us beautiful photos of life at sea
  • About 22 000 of you viewed our toolkit on SlideShare
  • More than 25 million of you engaged with us on Twitter to say Thank you seafarers

So again, a big thank you for your engagement for this worthy cause. Stay tuned for another meaningful campaign in 2015.



IMO celebrated the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June.

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.
For this year’s campaign, we invite you to complete the sentence “Seafarers brought me………..” with a word denoting an object or something specific of your choosing – and if possible, to supplement this with a photo, video and/or written message and post it on the platform of your choice using the social media hashtag #thankyouseafarers
You can also voice your support on our virtual wall here:

Watch and share the official video message from our Secretary-General shot in the port of Hamburg.
For step-by-step instructions on how to participate in our campaign,
download our toolkit
We also encourage you to use our campaign branding available for download on the right-hand side.
 Also feel  free to share our video teaser available here:
Twitter: @IMOHQ campaign hashtag is: #thankyouseafarers
Campaign Background
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.