Seafarers are sharing their maritime voyages across social media to mark the Day of the Seafarer 2022.
24-hour emotional support is available to any seafarers and their families directly affected by what is happening in Ukraine via SeafarerHelp – the free, confidential, multilingual helpline operated by the ISWAN.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with members and partners, has called for governments to prioritise seafarers for vaccinations, as ships around the world sound their horns on ‘Day of the Seafarer’ to highlight a growing crew change crisis.
The Day of the Seafarer, held on 25 June every year, draws global attention to the contribution that seafarers make to world trade.
To support the need to vaccinate seafarers against the coronavirus, ships will sound horns at ports on 25th June, the Day of the seafarer.
Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group, believes solutions are available to standardise and distribute vaccines, ensure seafarers get emergency medical treatment and better organise crew changes.
ICS, along with industry and social partners, are encouraging ships in ports around the world to sound their horns at 12 noon local time on 25th June, in honour of the IMO’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’, to remind the world of the urgent need to vaccinate all seafarers.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers have faced difficult working conditions including uncertainties about port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.
The 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic: the seafarers who continue to carry essential goods despite facing tremendous challenges, including being stranded on board.