Day Of The Seafarer 2021
#FairFuture4Seafarers is the imperative concept for the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ in 2021.
Following the hardships seafarers experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s campaign will focus on urging governments to recognise seafarers as key workers. The aim is to ease travel restrictions for seafarers to facilitate crew changes.
In fact, Seafarers became front liners in 2020 and faced highly difficult working conditions including difficulties around port access, supplies, crew changeovers, repatriation etc.
The Day of the Seafarer is coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which is currently presided the Secretary-General Kitack Lim. In his yearly address, Mr. Lim pointed out how sea transport delivers most items which are used in our daily lives, such as Laptops and automobiles and even food. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers were either having to work beyond their contracts and therefore not return home, or inversely board ships and earn a living.
The Day of the Seafarer, now in its 11th year and continues to aim driving action to ensure international standard of competency, welfare and safety for seafarers.
In occasion of the yearly event, Seafarers were invited to answer questions on what a fair future for seafarers looked like. The answers are being shared to provide a baseline help guide IMO’s future actions. Polls were held via the IMO’s social media platforms and results can be found here