Today is international “Day of the Seafarer”.
The day observed yearly every 25 June, provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the world 1.5 million seafarers for their unique contribution to the well-being of the public.
The day recognises seafarers of all stripes, from Coast Guards to Navies, to every fisherman and marine biologist and cruise ship captain and educates the public about issues facing the modern-day seafarer such as piracy.
This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers and provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.
Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, Kitack Lim, in his message says like other key workers, seafarers are on the front line in global COVID19 fight.
Lim says Seafarers deserve quick and decisive humanitarian action from governments everywhere at all times.