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Seafarers are key workers
Illustration: IMO - International Maritime Organisation DotS 2020

Seafarers are Key Workers

Seafarers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food, medicines and medical supplies. However, the crisis has led to difficult working conditions for seafarers, including uncertainties and difficulties with port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.
  
This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on Member States to recognize seafarers as key workers – and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.
 
The 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign pays tribute to seafarers, acknowledging their sacrifice and the issues they face. Many seafarers have been away from home for months and are unsure when they will be able to return home due to travel restrictions.
  
The campaign also seeks to raise awareness of the work achieved by seafarers in response to the pandemic and to thank them for their contribution. Everyone is invited to recognize that the ability of seafarers to deliver vital goods is central to responding to, and eventually overcoming, this pandemic.
 
The campaign encourages everyone to treat seafarers with the respect and dignity they deserve so that they can continue to provide their vital services to keep world trade moving.

Day of the Seafarer on Social Media

As in previous years, the Day of the Seafarer campaign is highlighted on social media. And we at Zenitel encourage our partners and customers to spread awareness of this important day. 

The 2020 campaign hashtag is: #SeafarersAreKeyWorkers

This hashtag can be used by anyone engaging in the campaign to pay tribute to seafarers and thank them for their important role in these unusual times.

To learn more about the Day of the Seafarer and download campaign material you can visit the IMO Campaign Site

 


 

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