Each, June 25th is celebrated globally as the Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day. This year, once again, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is asking people everywhere to show their appreciation, through social media, for seafarers and their contribution to international trade and the world economy.
This year’s theme, "At Sea For All", has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, "Shipping: indispensable to the world", emphasising that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us – and, consequently, they are also "indispensable to the world".
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: "This year, on June 25th, the Day of the Seafarer, we are once again asking people everywhere to show their appreciation for the seafarers that quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion".
To see the complete IMO Secretary-General message click here.
Seafarers are invited to test their seafaring knowledge on IMO’s Test to find out if they are a Landlubber, Able Seaman, Chief Officer or even Captain. Seafarers are also invited to share their photos on IMO’s new “Photo Wall”, a webpage which invites people to upload photos of their time at sea.
Maritime Cyprus is encouraging everyone to get involved in the campaign. You can start spreading the message on social media using the campaign hashtag #AtSeaForAll