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International Day of the Seafarer - June 25th




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June 25 is celebrated globally as the “Day of the Seafarer.” The purpose of the celebration is to ac

June 25 is celebrated globally as the “Day of the Seafarer.” The purpose of the celebration is to acknowledge the unique contributions of the world’s 1.5 million seafarers to the global economy.

About Seafarers

Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Shipping plays a critical role in the World's economy. Import and export of goods on a large scale has boosted economy of many nations.

In over 50,000 merchant ships registered in about 150 nations for international trading and transporting different kinds of cargo, seafarers work tirelessly often at a great personal cost to themselves and their families.

Seafarers are professionals who are not only responsible for the operations of the vessels but also ensures the safe and smooth delivery of the various cargo transported with minimal impact on the environment.

Day of the Seafarer
Day of the Seafarer. Photo-credit: IMO

Objectives of the celebration

The international Day of the Seafarer is an opportunity to celebrate the vital role that seafarers play in sustainable development in the world's economy. It is also used to educate the public about issues - such as piracy - facing the modern-day seafarer.

It calls on governments to create policies that will protect seafarers at ports and also request from companies, ship owners and employers for fair treatment of seafarers by providing adequate facilities on ships.

History of Day of the Seafarer

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) designated June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer in June 2010 by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, held in Manila, Philippines, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code.

Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011 as an online campaign in which IMO requested everyone in the world to say “Thank you seafarers” on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as make YouTube videos and blogging.

The Day of the Seafarer is included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.

Previous "Day of the Seafarer" Celebrations Theme

Year Day Theme
2011 Saturday, June 25 Thank you Seafarers
2012 Monday, June 25  
2013 Tuesday, June 25 Faces of the Sea
2014 Wednesday, June 25  
2015 Thursday, June 25 A Career At Sea
2016 Saturday, June 25 At sea for all nation
2017 Sunday, June 25 Seafarers Matter
2018 Monday, June 25  


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