Day of the Seafarer 2023 - MARPOL and the marine environment

Day of the seafarer

( June 25 is the Day of the Seafarer, an annual and international event day coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation.

In 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decided to designate June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

The purpose of the day is to give thanks to seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society; and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.

It is the day for seafarers of all stripes, from Coast Guards, to Navies, to every fisherman and marine biologist and cruise ship captain. If your job involves a large quantity of salt water, then this day is dedicated to you. The first documented sea voyage was made around 3200 BCE, and was bankrolled by the Egyptian Pharaoh Snefru (he also built at least three pyramids during his reign). Today, over 90% of global trade is done by sea, since it is still the most cost-effective way to transport goods. Marine biologists and oceanographers from every country have dedicated their lives to learning more about the ocean depths, and humans from every walk of life keep going to the sea to explore the planet.

2023 campaign - MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on.  #OceansWorthProtecting

Every seafarer’s journey is different, but they all face similar challenges. Seafarers spend a great deal of time at sea and are a big part of the solution when it comes to protecting the marine environment. As part of the campaign, IMO will be asking seafarers to share a picture of the marine environment surrounding them while at sea, highlighting that the marine environment is worth protecting.  

Seafarers see the seas on their voyages, and this provides many opportunities for them to take pictures of the marine environment. Seafarers are asked to share a picture of the marine environment using the hashtag #OceansWorthProtecting.

This can feature pictures of equipment that is used to protect the environment, any special training that the seafarers have received, and seafarers are asked to share information about their role in protecting the marine environment while onboard your ship.

As in previous years, the campaign will be centered on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on LinkedIn.

Wishing all Seafarers, a Happy International Day of the Seafarer 2023!


Watch a video message from IMO Secretary-General below: 




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