International Day of the Seafarer

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On the International Day of the Seafarer, the Chamber of Shipping, alongside the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, honors the 2 million seafarers whose vital contributions keep global markets running and maintain the flow of international supply chains. Recognized by the United Nations, this day underscores the critical role that shipping plays as the lifeline of global trade, exemplified by the phrase: “Without seafarers, there would be no shipping.”

This observance was officially established on June 25th by the IMO in 2010 during the Diplomatic Conference in Manila that adopted the revised STCW Convention. The Day of the Seafarer aims to acknowledge the significant efforts of seafarers worldwide who facilitate international seaborne trade, contributing indispensably to the world economy and civil society.

This year, the Chamber of Shipping pays special attention to the hardships faced by seafarers. The past year has been particularly challenging due to increased aggression in the Red Sea and longer trade routes, escalating stress for seafarers and their families anxiously awaiting their safe return. In light of these difficulties, the Chamber also supports industry calls for governmental assistance in the prompt and safe release of the crew of the MV Galaxy Leader, who have been held hostage for over eight months.

Today, as we celebrate the International Day of the Seafarer, we reflect on the invisible yet indispensable role that these individuals play in our everyday lives, ensuring the smooth operation of global marine commerce and upholding their relentless spirit.

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