For the second year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is paying tribute to the world’s seafarers on 25 June, which is their annual “Day of the Seafarer”. You can also show your appreciation on our Facebook page.
"25 June of each year is 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".
This is how the IMO describes their initiative as "Day of the Seafarer" -- an initiative we are very much in support of.
To mark the day, IMO launches a social media campaign, where they encourage companies and people to voice their appreciation of the world's seafarers on company web pages and personal Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and the like:
“By generating interaction on the web about seafarers, we want to show respect, recognition and gratitude to seafarers everywhere. The universal outreach of social media will 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.”
This year, the concept consists of using the phrase: “It came by the sea and I can’t live without it”, asking people around the world to share and show something that came by sea and for which they are thankful for. Find out more » here
We urge you to also show your appreciation and say “Thank you, seafarers” on our Facebook page or wherever else you may see fit and share “something that came by sea and for which you’re thankful for.”
In 2010, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States 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’ — a celebration of seafarers across the globe.
The date chosen was 25 June, the day on which milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention) and its associated Code were adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, The Philippines.