Every 25th of June, the world observes Day of Seafarer (DoS). An annual event officially born in Philippines, it aims to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers around the globe in helping to build world economies and civil societies in general.
Last year, I attended the IMO Day of Seafarer event at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia Complex, Manila. It was mainly organized by International Seafarers Welfare and Network (ISWAN) to mark the Day of the Seafarer and that particular day around 2,500 seafarers, maritime cadets and their families thronged the venue.
The spectators obviously enjoyed the on-stage entertainment, inspiring talks, family activities, health and well-being booths and free lunch! I was there and I felt lucky to see IMO Secretary- General Kitack Lim closely. He happened to pass in front of me merely a foot apart!
Moving on, ‘Seafarers Matter’ is the theme for this year’s Day of Seafarer. “The idea is to engage ports and seafarers centres to showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare and organise special activities for seafarers on that day.” a statement written on ISWAN’s website says.
Does it mean there will be some meaningful social events in seafarer centres and ports will grant seafarers free WiFi access in June 25? I’m certain they’ll all beneficial to us, seafarers so let’s urge positively.
Meanwhile, I wrote the following blog posts to acknowledge the service, talents and unparalleled dedication of our fellow Filipino seafarers.
Read and feel free to share ‘em on social media.
Happy Day of Seafarer, mates! Continue to sail safe, happy and free!