Day of the Seafarer, 25 June, 2011
IMO urges the world to “tweet” and “like” on 2011 Day of the Seafarer
To mark the first international Day of the Seafarer, tomorrow – June 25, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is urging people to voice their support by using social networks, by posting videos, discussing seafarer issues, or writing blogs about life at sea.
Last year, the Diplomatic Conference which met in Manila to adopt milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention) and its associated Code, also agreed that the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a ‘Day of the Seafarer’.
The day is intended to pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers – men and women from all over the globe. Shipping is the engine of global commerce, responsible for the carriage of more than 90 per cent of world trade, and it is seafarers who ensure the engine runs smoothly, delivering the essential items and commodities on which the world depend.
The day also represents an opportunity for renewed efforts to safeguard the human rights of seafarers throughout the world, according to Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), an organization dedicated to raising the awareness of seafarers and improving their legal protection under national and international laws.
The campaign is designed to be both educational and inspirational, including live, interactive links with seafarers aboard ships at sea. Please Join Me – Your Cruising Editor to send the simple yet powerful message: “Thank you, seafarers”.
To join the campaign, go to www.imo.org and click Day of the Seafarer.
“Like” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeafarerDay
Follow Day of the Seafarer on twitter: @seafarerday
Watch videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/seafarerday
To show your support of the first ever International “Day of the Seafarer”…
Get The Badge
Do not forget to show your support by using one of the badges made available by IMO in their Flickrpage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seafarerday/sets/72157626527572441/!
Test Your Marine Knowledge!
Go to http://imo.coraclequiz.com/quizzes/imo/index.php and take the quiz — then share it with those who might benefit from learning more about the maritime industry.