Thursday, 23 June 2011

“Thank You Seafarers” – Martek Marine Supports the IMO's Day of the Seafarer

Day of the Seafarer - 25th June 2011
Saturday 25th June 2011 marks the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Day of the Seafarer – an opportunity to educate the public about the issues facing the modern-day seafarer. But, most importantly, it is the occasion for everyone to say “Thank you, seafarers.”

The aim is to pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers for the unique and all-too-often overlooked contribution to the well-being of the general public.

In 2010, IMO Member States agreed that the contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a ‘Day of the Seafarer’.

This year, the celebration will take the form of an online campaign, in which the IMO are asking everyone to voice their support using social networks. On the Day of the Seafarer, you can show your support by saying “Thank you seafarers” on Facebook, via tweets, by posting a video on YouTube, discussing on LinkedIn, or even writing an inspirational blog.

By generating interaction on the web about seafarers, you can show respect, recognition and gratitude to seafarers everywhere. The universal outreach of social media will raise awareness of the vital role that seafarers play in the world economy and, in many respects, in sustainable development, enabling ships to carry than 90% of world trade safely, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.

Martek Marine will be promoting this day on our website, blog, twitter and facebook page. If you use any form of social media then we encourage you to participate in this worldwide effort by celebrating and promoting the day on the web.

Martek Marine's Operations Board give their backing to Day of the Seafarer

If you would like to take part then go to the Day of the Seafarer page on the IMO website and download a toolkit with ideas of how you can get involved.

In addition to showing our support for the Day of the Seafarer, Martek Marine has also chosen the Mission to Seafarers to be our main charity for 2011. Each year Martek raise money for good causes by holding a number of events. The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to those in need, working in more than 230 ports caring for the practical and spiritual welfare of seafarers of all nationalities and faiths.

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