June 25th is the official International Maritime Organisation Day of the Seafarer and this year, 2014 was accompanied with the campaign hashtag #thankyouseafarers.
The campaign hashtagged #thankyouseafarers sees people being asked to complete the sentence “Seafarers brought me…”
“Think of something you own and which came by sea. Whether it’s the car you drive, the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the gadgets you use or the furniture you sit on, write it down and post it, adding the hash tag “thank you seafarer.” If you can also post a photo or video, even better,” said IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu.
In addition, IMO has posted a video paying tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers.
The Maritime Piracy Human Response Programme also called on the industry to remember the bravery of seafarers being attacked and kidnapped by pirates last year and the 38 seafarers still held hostage around the world.
Though it’s not everyday that we celebrate a special day, it should come to mind the hardships that seafarers are going through from their maritime training up to the point of making us proud during their voyages on the sea.
To all the seafarer’s braving the waters around the globe, a salute to you!