24 June 2013 –
Being a Seafarer, driving ships, working on engines, maintaining a commercial ship… it’s a career choice, not a duty. It is however, an incredibly important career, steeped in tradition with a truly global impact. Unfortunately, the seafaring life has gone largely unnoticed and taken for granted by most of the world for as long as it’s been around.
·25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy;
· This year’s campaign theme, Faces of the Sea, aims to highlight the individuals that are often unseen, but who work to deliver more than 90% of the world’s goods.
· The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment 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, in June 2010, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code;
· The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.
We are here so the Seafarer knows and feels appreciated.