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Making waves in Newcastle to celebrate seafarers

This year the International Day of the Seafarer will be celebrated for a week in the port of Newcastle with the local community invited to say g’day with a wave to visiting seafarers.
Seafarers have been hit hard by the restrictions of the global pandemic which has caused unique difficulties and working conditions.

“With COVID-19, seafarers have faced some significant hurdles in being able to leave their vessels for a break ashore or repatriation home at the end of their sea service. It’s been a challenging and isolating experience for many,” AMSA Senior Port Marine Surveyor Greg Collinson said.

Greg is also the Deputy Chair of the Newcastle Port Seafarer Welfare Committee.

“If you’re in the Newcastle area, please show your support to seafarers and send them a wave all week long, starting Saturday 19th June.

“By reaching out with a wave we can let seafarers know they are welcome and appreciated.

“Australia has one of the largest interests in international seaborne trade and seafarers play an essential role in the supply chain of goods on which we all depend.

“Australia is also one of the world’s largest bulk commodities exporter and ship more iron and aluminium ore than any other country on earth. Without seafarers, life as we know it here in Australia simply wouldn’t exist. So, let’s show them our support!”

The theme for the 2021 Day of the Seafarer is a Fair Future for Seafarers.

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