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Crew wellbeing at the heart of ‘Day of the Seafarer 2018’

Seafarers’ rights to be treated fairly and enjoy quality of life at sea is the focus this year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign, on 25 June, under the theme: Seafarer’s wellbeing. Day of the Seafarer 2018 will provide a platform to advocate for higher standards of welfare, says IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim.

Campaigns ahead of Day of the Seafarer 2018

Ahead of the Day of the Seafarers, on 25 June, IMO will focus on seafarer’s wellbeing, particularly their mental health. This year’s campaign will have two hashtags: #SupportSeafarersWellbeing and #GoodDayatSea. With this campaign, the IMO wants to demonstrate how much seafarers matter.

Thank you seafarers

Can you imagine life without your laptop or phone? The video, produced by MPA Singapore, is a grateful address towards seafarers, men and women, who work tirelessly on board ships, in order to transport all necessities to each one of us. On 25th June 2017, the Day of Seafarers, MPA calls everyone to thank seafarers for their efforts.

ISWAN: Seafarers isolated but not alone

On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer, ISWAN highlighted the indisputable importance of the seafarers for the world, noting that without them, “half of the world would starve while the other half would freeze.” However, despite their importance, seafarers in 2017 are still being abandoned, mistreated, kidnapped and held hostage by pirates, bullied and treated as commodities.

UN IMO: With hidden lives vital to our own, 'seafarers matter'

On the occasion of the International Day of the Seafarer, on 25 June, and highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers, the UN IMO has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions. Mr Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General, noted that, even though seafaring can provide the basis for a fulfilling and life-long career, it is still a very difficult and demanding job.

Counting backwards for Day of the Seafarer 2017

On the occasion of Day of the Seafarers, on 25 June, IMO encourages everyone to join the campaign and show that #SeafarersMatter. Under this theme, the campaign is engaging people responsible for the world’s ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them by featuring initiatives that support and promote seafarer welfare.

IMO’s virtual map showcase best practices for seafarer support

On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer this year on June 25th, IMO has launched an online map dedicated to seafarers to celebrate their ‘unique contribution’. This year the theme is ‘Seafarers Matter’. IMO ‘encourages all industry parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully’.

Day of Seafarer for 2017: "Seafarers Matter"

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.

ISWAN winners announced

The winners of ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards 2016 were announced on 24th June at a ceremony held in Manila, the Philippines. The awards were presented by IMO Secretary General Mr Kitack Lim to seven recipients who have provided exceptional services for the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers.

IMO Chief: Industry needs more women

IMO Secretary General pushed for the increased involvement of women in the seafaring industry saying during his speech for the Day of the Seafarers at the SM Convention Center in Pasay City, that women are ”the key to the growth of the industry”.

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