The promotion of careers at sea is the theme of this year’s Day of the Seafarer, on Thursday, June 25.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is encouraging young people to consider a maritime career, and is highlighting the broad range of positions needed – as an officer, seaman or cook on a hundred-thousand-ton oil tanker, to navigating the world’s oceans on a cargo ship; or shore-based roles such as marine engineering, naval architecture or maritime law.
A global shortage of labour is predicted for the maritime industry – which involves around 1.5 million seafarers serving on merchant ships trading around the world.
Around 90 percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea, and seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts and gadgets – or even basic needs like fuel – would not reach our doors.
The aims of this year’s Day of the Seafarer include engaging those who work at sea to tell us about their life, share photos, and become ambassadors for their own industry.
A photo wall is designed to show young people what a maritime career, or a day in the life of a seafarer, may look like.
If you are considering a career at sea – or are enrolled in a maritime programme – tweet using the hashtag #CareerAtSea
Last year’s Day of the Seafarer was a great success, reaching more than 25 million people worldwide with its social media campaign.
June 25 has been observed each year as the Day of the Seafarer since 2010, when the IMO introduced the initiative to recognise that almost everything people use in their daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport. Seafarers are not only responsible for the operation of ships, but are also responsible for the safe and smooth delivery of the cargo.