The IMO estimates there are 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, and this is the day we pay tribute to them all. The 25th of June has been designated by the IMO and it’s member states as “The Day of the Seafarer” as a means to pay tribute to the world’s estimated 1.5 million seafarers for the unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of the general public.
The date of the 25th of June has certain significance for the maritime community as it was 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; ensuring safety for mariners around the world.
So on this day we say thanks to those who are away from their homes, loved ones, standing the 00-04 watch, in the middle of nowhere, at the helm, in the engine room. We say thank you to your sacrifices, your dedication, and perseverance in a very unforgiving workplace. May the world take note of all that you do, the sacrifices and danger you face each day.
The IMO has dedicated to using all forms of social media to celebrate and communicate the Day of the Seafarer. Below are some of the feeds to the dedicated Flickr, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook sites. The Maritime thanks those at the IMO for their work in establishing this important day.