Celebrating Day of the Seafarer 2017 #SeafarersMatter 25 June


​This year, once again, 25 June marks the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

The resolution "encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully".

This year the theme is "Seafarers Matter".   #SeafarersMatter

For 2017, we want to particularly engage 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 practices in seafarer support and welfare.

We want them to organize special activities for seafarers on that Day, for example:

  • social event organised in port to celebrate seafarers
  • public open day at seafarer centres
  • free wi-fi in port for a day
  • etc.
Learn and take part

IMO has created an interactive world map showcasing best practices in seafarer support and welfare. So if you want to be featured on this map, tell us about the special things you do for seafarers or what services your organization is offering to seafarers and fill the form here.




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