Day of Seafarer (DotS)

More than 1.6 million seafarers are reportedly employed on merchant ships. The merchant fleet is anticipated to continue expanding over the coming ten years, necessitating the need for additional skilled workers in this sector. From pallets to bulk wine, they are preserving the global supply chain everywhere.

Around the world, seafarers are responsible for sustaining 90% of the supply chain. “Without seafarers, there would be no shipping”, Kitck Lim, Secretary-General of IMO stated out the importance of seafarers. They have to spend a lot of time away from their loved ones and their homes, which means they miss many memorial days with them. They must deal with a variety of risks in the interim, such as bad weather, pirates, and health problems. Consequently, we ought to praise this group of individuals who are feeding the world for us.

History of the day

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced Day of the Seafarer was created in 2010 throughThe International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Conference of Parties when they approved a resolution declaring a day in honour of seafarers.

The first Day of the Seafarers was on 25 June 2011, with an event in Manilla, the biggest supplier of rating all over the world.

Theme of this year

“Your travel – then and today, share your journey” will be the theme this year. The campaign investigates mariners’ trips, what they include, how they have evolved over time, and what has remained fundamental to their existence. It gives seafarers a chance to express themselves and think about the journeies they have experienced.

Kitck Lim, IMO Secretary-General through this video is sharing of his thoughts.

Understand more about our heroes by searching the two hashtags #SeafarerJourney and #DayOfTheSeafare on social media. You can send out your support to them as well using the hashtags.

*Information from ICS