The Chamber of Shipping celebrates the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day this year by taking action for seafarers, who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite their vital role as key workers for global supply chains. The World Maritime Theme for 2021, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” seeks to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future. Throughout the year, the World Maritime Theme will also put the spotlight on other issues related to the human element of shipping, including the safety and security of life on board ships, seafarers’ well-being, and the importance of ensuring an appropriately trained and qualified workforce, ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of digitalization and automation. Our Communications and Events Coordinator, Lais Gomes, has put together a video for this year’s World Maritime Day showcasing some of the work being done in British Columbia to vaccinate seafarers. View the video on YouTube.