Day of the Seafarer

June 25, 2022

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Alain Jacques Georges Marie Gerbault (Nov 17, 1893-Dec 16, 1941) was a French Sailor, writer and tennis champion, who made a circumnavigation of the world as a single-handed sailor. He eventually settled in the islands of south Pacific Ocean, where he wrote several books about the islanders’ way of life.

In honor of the “Day of the Seafarer”, we want to recognize the invaluable contribution that seafarers make to the international trade, world economy and civil society, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.

The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, held in Manila, Philippines, in June 2010, which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code. This observance was first celebrated by the International Maritime Organization in 2010. The organization declared that every June 25th would be the Day of the Seafarer.

The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.

Today, we commemorate and recognize the importance of transportation of objects by sea. The International Maritime Organization states that ships transport around 90% of all goods in the world and today is an opportunity to pay tribute to the worlds 1.5 million seafarers for the unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of the general public.

Quick facts

  • The International Maritime Organization is the global, standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted, and universally implemented.
  • As a founding member of the International Maritime Organization, Canada has a long history of working with this organization to advance standards that promote maritime safety and security, protect the environment and safeguard seafarers.
  • Canada has the longest coastline in the world at 243,000 km, with large navigable waterways and many ports of call.
  • In November 2016, the Government of Canada launched the Oceans Protection Plan, a national strategy to create a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. The $1.5-billion strategy is delivering the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.


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