Help Us Celebrate the Day of the Seafarer 2021
International Seafarers Day is an annual celebration organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to recognise the contribution that seafarers make to our everyday lives.
The role of seafarers often goes under appreciated within the maritime industry and by the general public. Seafarers arean essential component in world trade, keeping the economy moving and delivering the goods and fuels we use everyday.
The Day of the Seafarer was first held in 2010 following the publication of a revised set of international laws (MLC) which were agreed to ensure that all seafarers receive the same levels of training, general welfare and safety standards.
It is hoped that by holding the Day of the Seafarer, the general public will become more aware of the role that seafarers play in their lives and why they are so fundamental in determining the prosperity of the worldwide economy.
When is Seafarers Day 2021?
The Day of the Seafarer 2021 is to be held on the 25th June and The Mission to Seafarers will be organising a series of events and campaigns to help raise awareness.
Seafarers Day 2020 focused on urging governments to recognise seafarers as Key Workers and easing restrictions that they were forced to adhere to which impacted on crew changes.
Seafarers Day 2021 will continue to campaign for greater governmental support for seafarers on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also highlighting the need for all seafarers to receive the same standards of care when it comes to training opportunities, safety standards and workplace welfare both now and in the future.
This will cover various topics ranging from the varying standards between nations to gender inequalities including the role of women seafarers and the recognition that they receive.
How Can I Get Involved in the Day of the Seafarer?
Everyone is encouraged to get involved and get talking about the issues that seafarers face using the hashtag #FairFuture4Seafarers and remember to tag us in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
The Mission to Seafarers encourages everyone to take a moment on International Seafarers Day to consider the vital role the all seafarers play in our daily lives.
There are multiple ways that you can go about effecting change for seafarers including providing support for an organisation such as The Mission to Seafarers by making a donation or organising a community fundraiser such as a coffee morning.
If you are responsible for the management of an organisation, you can choose to only work with shipping companies who have the welfare of seafarers at the very top of their minds or by setting up a corporate partnership with The Mission to Seafarers.
We are here to help those working in the maritime industry deal with a whole range of issues not just on the day of the seafarer, but every day of the year.