Sunday, 25 June 2017

International Day of the Seafarer – June 25

June 25 has been celebrated internationally as Day of the Seafarer, every year since it was first designated, in 2010, by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It is even observed by the United Nations.

Day of the Seafarer recognises "the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole." It is estimated that shipping accounts for over 90% of the transport involved in the trading of good worldwide. In addition to acknowledging this contribution, Day of the Seafarer also serves to draw attention to the risks and personal costs to seafarers that their jobs entail.

The theme for 2017's celebration is Seafarers Matter. The IMO uses the day to call upon governments to develop policies for the fair treatment of seafarers at ports, while asking private ship companies and owners to provide their employees proper facilities and comforts while they are at sea.

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