#SupportSeafarersWellbeing – We celebrate the Day of the seafarer
08 June 2018 | C18025
This year, once again, 25 June will mark the annual Day of the Seafarer. This year’s theme year is: “Seafarers wellbeing”.
Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Flag State Administrations | Surveyors / Auditors
The Day of the Seafarer was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
The resolution “encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully”.
Day of the Seafarer is recognized by the United Nations as an observance day.
2017 and 2018 have seen strong momentum in the industry to address seafarer’s wellbeing, particularly their mental health.
To give further exposure to this important issue, IMO’s choice for the 2018 Day of the Seafarer theme is “seafarers’ wellbeing”.
By addressing the issue of seafarers’ wellbeing and particularly mental health, this campaign can inform specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions – and make the tools available more widely known.
The campaign will seek to highlight and showcase best practices and good examples but will also, inevitably, bring out areas of concern and examples of shortcomings.
Take the survey
At the core of our campaign this year, IMO created an online survey to collect seafarers’ feedback on knowing their rights and if they feel those rights are being implemented into their operational reality. So, take the survey by clicking on the image below.
As in previous years, the campaign will be centred on social media. This year the campaign will have two hashtags, as follows:
#SupportSeafarersWellbeing – This hashtag can be used by shipping companies and others within the industry, to show how they provide a decent working environment for seafarers and how they address mental health issues among their seagoing staff.
#GoodDayatSea – This hashtag can be used to engage the general public, to wish them a good day at sea. The hashtag #GoodDayatSea to encourage seafarers to share photos of themselves in a positive work environment.
Completing the phrase #GoodDayatSea looks like…
This year, IMO will also promote good initiatives and material developed by various maritime stakeholders to advocate for higher standards of welfare as well as highlight what they are doing to improve conditions for seafarers regarding issues related to seafarers’ wellbeing, such as shore leave, abandonment, mental health, wages, no criminalization, repatriation, resources available to Positive Mental Health and MLC convention.
Dromon is encouraging everyone to get involved in the campaign. You can start spreading the message on social media using the campaign hashtags #SupportSeafarersWellbeing and #GoodDayatSea.