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.
Today, we specially highlight your vital role as custodians of MARPOL and stewards of the marine environment. Your invaluable contributions to maritime sustainability and the global economy are truly commendable. Seafarers, your commitment to its implementation ensures that our oceans remain pristine and teeming with life for now and the future. The regulations set out by MARPOL are not merely a set of guidelines. They embody Jamaica’s maritime collective responsibility to protect our marine ecosystems. The marine environment faces numerous challenges, including pollution and climate change, among other practices. Every organism plays an important role in maintaining the overall health of an ecosystem.
The Earth’s surface is made up of 70 per cent water, and the marine environment is home to some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. The sea is not only a blue highway useful for shipping activities. It plays an important role in balancing the planet. The seafarer, therefore, works in tandem with the marine environment and impacts its viability. The work of seafarers and their tireless efforts in adhering
to these standards are testament to their professionalism and sense of duty. The numerous challenges faced in preserving our marine environment, your commitment to international conventions, such as MARPOL,
and the marine environment embodies stewardship.
Seafarers, you are unsung heroes who face challenges of isolation, separation from loved ones, and unpredictable conditions daily. Your sacrifice and dedication deserve the utmost respect and support. The Ministry of Science, Energy, Telecommunications, and Transport supports our seafarers in advocating and ensuring that their rights, well-being, and fair treatment are heard at the national and international levels.
Today, as we celebrate the Day of the Seafarer, we collectively express gratitude for your invaluable contributions and role you play as custodians of our marine
environment. Together, let us continue to protect our oceans #OceansWorthProtecting #DotS2023. Your efforts are the driving force behind a prosperous and sustainable maritime industry.
Happy Day of the Seafarer! Our
commitment goes on.
Daryl Vaz MP
Minister of Science, Energy
Telecommunications and Transport