Organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the 2021 Theme for the World Maritime Day is ‘Seafarers: at the core of Shipping’s Future’.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, Seafarer’s conditions are being emphasised, an emphasis that started on the Day of the Seafarer 2021.
And whilst the vaccination programme offers some hope to seafarers, the situation is still quite desperate. Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General for the IMO pointed out how hundreds of thousands of seafarers still can’t leave ships, or else join. He described this as a ‘humanitarian crisis’ which threatens global trade and safe navigation. The IMO urges governments to recognise seafarers as Key workers, giving them priority in their vaccination programmes.
The human element is on top of this year’s agenda and will be tackling topics such as safety, and security, well-being, training, and qualifications relating to digitalization and automation.
Making this effort even more tangible, the IMO building will be lit in a blue light every 30th of September. This yearly symbolic gesture will promote the Seafarer’s throughout the years. The IMO is also encouraging other Member States to join in this initiative by lighting up their buildings, bridges, ports, monuments, ships and museums amongst others.
An online webinar is being organised on September 30th at 12:00 BST via Microsoft Teams Live. Access is available via this link.
Social media participation is encouraged, using the hashtag #WorldMaritimeDay.