The video consists IMO Secretary-General’s message for Day of the Seafarer 2017, under the theme Seafarers Matter, that aims to encourage ports and seafarer centres from around the world to show how they support seafarers.
This year, once again, 25 June will mark the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). In particular, for 2017, IMO wants to engage ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them, by sharing and showcaising best practices in seafarer support and welfare.
This could be done by organizing special activities for seafarers on that Day, for example:
- social event organised in port to celebrate seafarers
- public open day at seafarer centres
- free wifi in port for a day, etc.
IMO calls anyone who is part of the shipping industry, as well as general public, to signal their own appreciation of the importance of seafarers, by supporting the campaign.
DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila, to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
The resolution “encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully”.