MONROVIA: June 25, 2022 was observed as International Seafarers Day and it is a special day earmarked by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to celebrate and honor all seafarers and let the world know how indispensable they are to world trade and international growth and development.
This singular Day was adopted in 2010 by an IMO resolution (STCW/CONF.2/DC/4) at a Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) held in Manila, the Philippines.
According the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) media, the concerned resolution stated purpose is “to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by seafarers from all over the world to the international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
The resolution encourages “member countries, shipping organizations, companies, ship-owners and all related parties to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take actions to celebrate it meaningfully”.
It further encourages governments, shipping firms, companies associated with the seaborne trade to implement initiatives that seek to promote and protect the rights and welfare of the world’s nearly two million seafarers, many of whom are women.
This year’s observance aims to increase awareness and the general welfare of the world’s mariners, many of whom sail and work under the Liberian flag, a flag that supports a safer, stress-free, greener and a more edifying working environment for the word’s mariners.
The introduction of shipping containers, together with better vessel design and construction, improved technological equipment has fundamentally reduced the intense level of physical power required of today’s seafarer.
Equally, the Liberia Maritime Authority said modern technology like email and WhatsApp have given the seafarer the means to be more in touch with families and friends onshore.
Indeed, inarguably, contemporary technology has set apart the twenty-first century seafarer from all his predecessors! With all these improvements, however, recent history makes it evidently clear that a career at sea is still not for the fainthearted.
For example, in the last few decades, thousands of seafarers have been either attacked, battered, terrorized, murdered, or taken hostage by pirates and armed robbers in the Strait of Malacca, the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea.
Today, many hapless seafarers are being imperiled by piracy, while many others are being confined onboard ships because of Covid-19 related issues.
Still, others have been unable to go to sea, leading to a loss of income and untold hardship amongst mariners and their families.
Given their brave and indispensable service to the global economy, LiMA salutes and congratulates all seafarers – and renews its commitment in the push for greater attention to be paid to the health, safety and the general well-being of these hardworking men and women, LiMA statement, signed Gola Traub, Director Corporate Communications- Liberia Maritime Authority said.