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International Day of the Seafarer

Show your appreciation for seafarers everywhere on International Day of the Seafarer - thank them for their hard work and dedication!
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On June 25, it's time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of seafarers around the world on International Day of the Seafarer! This day has been celebrated since 2010 in order to raise awareness of the important role seafarers play in global trade. Seafarers transport 90% of international trade and are vital to our economy and way of life. Not only do they keep our global supply chain running, but they also provide valuable services such as search and rescue, environmental protection, and disaster relief. So let's take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work!

History of International Day of the Seafarer

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1712</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Seafarers Union</div><div class='timeline-text'>In London, one of the first recorded maritime trade unions forms, marking the first steps towards the protection of seafarers' rights.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Golden Age of Sail</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 19th century is often referred to as the "Golden Age of Sail", highlighting the importance of seafarers in global exploration and trade.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1921</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Maritime Labour Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first International Maritime Labour Convention is held to define seafarers' rights and establish labor standards across the globe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1978</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Adoption of STCW</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopts the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of International Day of the Seafarer</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Maritime Organization (IMO) establishes the annual observance to recognize the invaluable contributions of seafarers to global trade and economies.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day of the Seafarer

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a Seafarer's feast</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a meal to honor the seafarers who risk their lives for our safety. Choose dishes that reflect the cuisine of the sea, such as fish, seafood, and shellfish. Or try out a classic recipe from sailors of yore, like boiled beef and onions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a boat party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends on a boat and have a seafarer-themed party. Make sure to bring along some nautical decorations and snacks. Don’t forget to bring along a few seafarer stories to share!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a maritime museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit your local maritime museum to learn more about the history of seafaring and the vital role it plays in our society. You can observe artifacts from different eras such as old maps, photographs, and tools used on ships.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fly a flag</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation for seafarers by flying the International Flag of the Seafarer from a mast or other suitable place on your property. It’s an easy way to show your support for those who keep us safe at sea.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a seafarer charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your appreciation for seafarers by donating to an organization that supports them, such as the Mission to Seafarers or Sailors’ Society. Your donation will help fund programs such as crew welfare, education, and medical aid.</p></div></div>

Why International Day of the Seafarer is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Honors the Seafaring Industry</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day of the Seafarer is a day to honor and recognize all those who are employed in the seafaring sector. This includes everyone from captains, engineers and deckhands, to cooks, stewards and cargo handlers. This day recognizes their collective hard work and dedication for making sure goods and supplies reach people on time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises Awareness of Maritime Safety</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The day also serves as a reminder of how important it is to ensure the safety of our seas. It highlights the need for stricter regulations and enforcement of maritime safety protocols that will help protect seafarers and those whose lives depend on them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes Equality in Maritime Labour</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day of the Seafarer is a call to action for more governments and organizations to promote equality in maritime labour. This includes eliminating gender disparities, discrimination based on age or nationality, and enacting laws that guarantee wages, benefits and working conditions for seafarers regardless of where they may be located around the world.</p></div></div>

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When is International Day of the Seafarer?

International Day of the Seafarer is celebrated on June 25 every year. In 2024, it will fall on a Tuesday.

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