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Seafarers Matter: Day of the Seafarer 25th of June

Jun 23 2017

Day of the Seafarer

The 25th of June marks the annual Day of the Seafarer which was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention.

The purpose of the Day of the Seafarer is to recognise the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society.

The resolution “encourages Governments, shipping organisations, companies, ship owners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully”.

The theme for this year is “Seafarers Matter”, as way to particularly engage with ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them. The idea is for ports and seafarer centres to share and showcase best practises in seafarer support and welfare.

IMO is looking for ports and seafarer centre to organise special activities on the 25th of June. Below are some examples from IMO:

  • Social events at ports to celebrate seafarers
  • Public open day at seafarer centres
  • Free wi-fi in ports for the day

Want to find out more?


Why not watch the IMO Secretary-General’s message for the Day of the Seafarer 2017 about encouraging ports and seafarers centres from around the world to show how they help support seafarers.

This year Day of the Seafarer also coincides with Seafarers Awareness Week so it’s the perfect opportunity to get involved.


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