This year, the shipping industry celebrates the Day of the Seafarer under different circumstances; the COVID-19 crisis left thousands of sea workers stranded at sea due to travel restrictions, reiterating the importance to secure rights of our seafarers. As such, the 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Day of the Seafarer
On the occasion of the International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June, a total of 14 maritime organizations sent a formal letter to the US Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz, requesting the issue of ‘deliberate interference’ with America’s GPS to be resolved.
On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer celebrated each year on 25th June, the IMO is calling on everyone in the maritime world and beyond to get onboard with this year’s theme of gender equality and declare their support.
This year, as always, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrated on 25 June. Throughout 2019 there will be a strong emphasis on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks. This year, the campaign hashtag is: #IAmOnBoard. In addition, a more specific and targeted element of the overall campaign will be ‘Make one change’.
In conjunction with the ‘Day of Seafarer 2018’, Jurong Port, MPA Singapore, PSA, SMOU, and SOS jointly presented 600 gift hampers to ships calling at Singapore. The hampers, containing essential daily items, reached about 9,000 seafarers ‘as an appreciation for their contributions to the maritime industry’.
The whole industry celebrated yesterday, the Day of the Seafarer (DotS), under the theme Seafarers wellbeing. Maritime community strongly supported, by all means, the seafarers’ right to be treated fairly and enjoy quality of life at sea.
Crew wellbeing has become a hot issue in recent years both in the maritime sphere and beyond. With a view to increasing understanding of the strains on seafarers’ mental health, and on the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer 2018, the ITF Seafarers Trust announced a new research in cooperation with Yale University.
On the occasion of ‘Day of the Seafarer 2018’ focusing on wellbeing, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and the World Maritime University announced a new crew welfare training programme designed to equip maritime professionals with key skills and knowledge to support welfare onboard.
Anxiety, social isolation, pressure of work and disturbed sleep, may negatively influence the mental health of seafarers. Taking care of the mental wellbeing of crew is vital. How industry places a high priority on this issue?
Apart from taking care of their physical hygiene, seafarers are dealing with the same fundamental problems as we do ashore – challenges, pain, stress and troubles – only some of the circumstances change.
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