The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the International Day of the Seafarer on June 25 every year.
- The day is celebrated by IMO recognize the invaluable contribution seafarers mate to world trade and the economy by conducting sea transport.
- This year is the 11th anniversary of the International Day of the Seafarer.
Theme of 2021 Day of the Seafarer:
- The theme of the 2021 campaign is “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future”.
- The campaign aims to discuss “issues that will still be relevant to seafarers after the pandemic, such as fair treatment of seafarers, fair working conditions, fair training, fair safety, etc.”
- Seafarers have been on the COVID-19 frontlines, maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food, fuel and medical supplies.
History of International Day of the Seafarer:
- The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 by resolution 19 adopted by 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention, 1978.
- For the 1st time the day as observed in 2011 and since then it is being observed annually.
Significance of International Day of the Seafarer:
- The day celebrates and recognizes the unique contribution made by seafarers globally to international seaborne trade, civil society, and the world economy.
- The day also encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, ship owners, and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully.
- The day also aims to recognize the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.
- Another purpose is to bring global attention to the issues affecting their work and lives, such as piracy.
About International Maritime Organization (IMO):
- IMO is the United Nations specialized agency which is responsible for regulating shipping, safety and security of shipping and prevention of marine pollution by ships.
- It was established on 17 March 1948.
- It is headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK).
- Its Parent organization is United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).