Annually, Day of the Seafarer is observed June 25th.
25 June marked the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
The resolution "encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully".
UK Seafarers Awareness Week 2019
In 2019 Seafarers UK is focusing on raising public awareness of the UK’s vital commercial fishing industry, especially the skippers and crews of boats operating from the beaches, harbours and ports around our island nation – none of which are further than 70 miles from any UK resident!
A professional fisherman’s job can be challenging, frequently facing harsh weather, hazardous working conditions, restrictions on what can be caught, and fluctuating market prices.
But it can also be a very rewarding lifestyle. Fishermen are resourceful and resilient and often demonstrate a broad range of skills equivalent to that of many small business entrepreneurs!
Seafarers UK has already called upon Government to ensure that fishermen’s lives are as well protected as the fish they catch.
This plea followed in the wake of a major research project – commissioned by Seafarers UK – that focused on a diverse selection of the UK’s ports and harbours, culminating in the publication of a free 48-page Fishing for a Future report.
On Tuesday 9 July Seafarers UK will be hosting an invitation-only reception at Fishmongers’ Hall in London, to promote the charity’s funding for initiatives that improve the safety, health and welfare of UK fishermen and their coastal communities.
For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email@example.com, phone 020 7932 5969.
UK Seafarers Awareness Week 2018
Seafarers Awareness Week (SAW) will be 23-30 June in 2018, the co-ordinating charity Seafarers UK has confirmed. It will embrace the IMO’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on 25 June.
The main promotional theme for SAW will be ‘Maritime Industry Jobs’ – at sea and ashore – with an emphasis on engineering, to coincide with the Government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign – see http://www.seafarers.uk/campaigning/seafarers-awareness-week/year-of-engineering/
Further information will be published at www.seafarersweek.uk in the New Year.
Day of the Seafarer 2017
The theme for 2017 was "Seafarers Matter".
For 2017, we want to particularly engage ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them. The idea is for ports and seafarer centres to share and showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare.
We want them to organize special activities for seafarers on that Day, for example:
- social event organised in port to celebrate seafarers
- public open day at seafarer centres
- free wi-fi in port for a day