Day of the Seafarer

Celebrating Seafarers

Guardians of MARPOL and the Marine Environment

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AS WE celebrate Day of the Seafarer, I extend appreciation and admiration for the brave men and women who navigate the vast seas/oceans, connecting continents and driving global trade while upholding the principles of MARPOL. This year’s theme: “MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on”, with the focus on seafarers, MARPOL, and the marine environment - is timely as Jamaica strives for an
improved maritime space. 

The dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment of our seafarers and the maritime industry are truly commendable.

Day of the Seafarer - 2023

Seafarers, MARPOL and the marine environment

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On this day - the 25th of June - we recognise the importance of seafarers, both here in Jamaica and around the globe. Seafaring is a challenging but rewarding career and the world owes our
seafarers a great deal of thanks and respect – today and every day. Without seafarers there would be no shipping and without shipping world trade would be unable to function.
As an island State, Jamaica is all too aware of the importance of ships in bringing us food, goods, energy supplies and to transport passengers safely.

Day of the Seafarer Highlights

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Jamaica, and the rest of the world, celebrated Day of the Seafarer on June 25, an annual recognition of the significant contribution seafarers make to the global community.

The Day of the Seafarer was held under the theme ‘Your Voyage, Then and Now’, with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica encouraging seafarers to share their stories online. Here are some of the day’s highlights:

Day of the Seafarer 2022

Jamaica Observer Supplement

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The Shipping industry contributes over 90 per cent of the world economy with food, fuel, raw material and manufactured goods all delivered by sea. It also provides employment for thousands of people yearly.
The Ministry of Transport and Mining salutes all our seafarers, who continue to provide essential services even under unprecedented and difficult conditions. The pandemic highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of our seafarers, who served the country by ensuring that global supply and trade continued.

Day of the Seafarer 2022

Jamaica Gleaner Supplement

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The Shipping industry contributes over 90 per cent of the world economy with food, fuel, raw material and manufactured goods all delivered by sea. It also provides employment for thousands of people yearly.
The Ministry of Transport and Mining salutes all our seafarers, who continue to provide essential services even under unprecedented and difficult conditions. The pandemic highlighted the professionalism and sacrifice of our seafarers, who served the country by ensuring that global supply and trade continued.

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