In his message for this year’s Day of the Seafarer 2023 (June 25), IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, underlined the part seafarers have in conserving the state of the oceans, as the maritime sector works towards making shipping more environmentally sound and sustainable.
Mr Lim said: “Seafarers have always played a critical role in helping to protect the health of our ocean and planet, and that role is increasingly important. Every day at sea, they help to enforce IMO’s environment related treaties by implementing rules on garbage, and sewage, and air pollution prevention.”
“This year, as we celebrate the 50-year anniversary of our main environmental instrument – the MARPOL Convention – renewing our firm commitment towards the protection of our environment, this remains even more relevant.”
He added: “As the shipping industry accelerates its support of the global efforts to combat climate change by moving towards decarbonization, seafarers’ voices and actions are key to ensuring a just transition to a zero-carbon future.”
To highlight that the marine environment is worth protecting, IMO is inviting seafarers to mark Day of the Seafarer 2023 by sharing on social media photographs of themselves wherever they are at sea. The idea is that the world sees through their eyes how the vital work they undertake protects the oceans every day.
Others within the maritime industry and the wider public are also encouraged to take part in the social media campaign to show their appreciation for seafarers.
The 2023 social media hashtag is #OceansWorthProtecting.