Day of the Seafarer 2017 has now concluded and we are happy to report another successful campaign.
The campaign effectively brought about a global "conversation" among individuals, organizations, industry players and seafarers and created a picture of seafaring as a vital support mechanism for the global economy. Early indications are that the campaign has once again been a considerable success. As of 28 June, the interactive quiz had been attempted more than 3,500 times; more than 100 seafarer centres had contributed to the interactive map and it had received several thousand views; the Secretary-General's video had received more than 50,000 views on Facebook and 4,000 views on YouTube; hundreds had posted on the photo wall and Twitter engagement stood at more than 13 million.
25 June marked the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
The resolution "encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully".
This year our theme is "Seafarers Matter".
For 2017, we want to particularly engage ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them. The idea is for ports and seafarer centres to share and showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare.
We want them to organize special activities for seafarers on that Day, for example:
- social event organised in port to celebrate seafarers
- public open day at seafarer centres
- free wi-fi in port for a day