The fifth edition of the IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign (25th June) has been created to highlight the unsung heroes of shipping across the globe.
This year’s theme, A Career At Sea, aims to help address the predicted shortage of seafarers in the future by promoting the positive benefits of choosing a career at sea.
The campaign focuses on encouraging young people to consider seafaring and other maritime professions when making choices concerning their careers or their further education.
IMO has invited all aspiring and current seafarers, organisations, ship-owners, governments, port authorities and general supporters, across the world, to share their stories about life at sea and to be ambassadors for their own industry.
In order to engage with the Day of the Seafarer campaign, seafarers have also been asked to share their photos on IMO’s new “Photo Wall’, a web page which invites people to upload photos of their time at sea and also using social media to show people what the expereince of life at sea can be like.
The organisation has also published two videos on YouTube, one an animation highlighting the possibilities of a career at sea and the other a short message from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu speaking from the Seaman’s Center at Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.