IMO has declared 25th June of each year as the “Day of the Seafarer“, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.
The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, held in Manila, Philippines, in June 2010, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code. The Day of the Seafarer has now also been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.
The Day of the Seafarer provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers for the unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of the general public. By supporting the campaign, we want to show respect, recognition and gratitude to all our seafarers worldwide. We also wish to raise awareness of the vital role that seafarers play in the world economy and, in many respects, in sustainable development, enabling ships to carry than 90% of world trade safely, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.
The Day of the Seafarer is also an opportunity to educate the public about issues facing the modern-day seafarer – issues such as piracy. But, most importantly, it is the occasion for us, the world, to say “Thank you, Seafarers.“
We take great pride in our relationship with our Principals, developed over the years as a result of trust and common goals.