This year, once again, 25 June will mark 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 our theme is “Seafarers Matter“.
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
IMO will create an interactive world map which will feature the best port and seafarer centres from around the world. So if you want to be featured on this map, tell us about the special things you do for seafarers and we’ll make sure to feature you once the map is up and running.
This year, IMO wants to update its Day of the Seafarer logo to make it more modern, representative and inclusive from the perspectives of gender and ethnicity. So while the new logo is not ready yet, you can still use the current one, but stay tuned for the big unveiling in the upcoming weeks.