This year, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on 25 June. A webinar will be held on 24 June (open to public and media)
2020 campaign – Seafarers are Key Workers
Seafarers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food, medicines and medical supplies. However, the crisis has led to difficult working conditions for seafarers, including uncertainties and difficulties about port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.
This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers – and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.
As in previous years, the Day of the Seafarer campaign is centered on social media.
The 2020 campaign hashtag is: #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers
This hashtag can be used by anyone engaging in the campaign to pay tribute to seafarers and thank them for their important role in these unusual times.
Seafarers themselves can use it to showcase their own position at the front line of this global crisis and share their experience with the rest of the world.
Shipping companies and port organizations are also invited to show their appreciation for seafarers.
Webinar: 24 June 2020 10:30 BST London time
DAY OF THE SEAFARER WEBINAR
Open to media public – questions can be asked via chat.
Link will go live one hour before. https://bit.ly/2AHPdqw
24 June 2020 10:30-11:30h GMT+1 (London, United Kingdom)
10:30 Opening remarks by Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
10:40 Mr. Guy Platten, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
10:50 Mr. Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
11:00 Fr. Paulo Prigol, Stella Maris South East Asia Regional Coordinator
11:10 Mr. Niels van de Minkelis, Head, Operational Affairs, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KNVR)