Today is International Day of the Seafarer, recognising the contribution that the humble seafarer makes to our everyday lives. Seafarers are required to carry out their duties in a constantly changing, challenging and often dangerous environment, in order that the lifeblood of our economy and international trade continues to flow.
This year’s theme is “I Am On Board with gender equality”. You can follow the IMO’s social medial campaign through hashtag #I Am On Board.
# I Am On Board” can be used by anyone engaging in the campaign, male or female, to show their solidarity for gender equality in seafaring.
This year’s theme is closely aligned with the IMO World Maritime Day theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.
Shipping Australia is proud to support and promote gender equality. We encourage and respect women who contribute to all sectors of the shipping industry both at sea and ashore. A feature of our bi-annually magazine is dedicated to Women in Shipping. You can the stories of these amazing women at latest story here
In Australia around 5,000 ships crewed by 100,000 seafarers, make nearly 30,000 port calls each year, carrying our exports, and bring you the products that you take for granted – have a look around you, almost everything you wear, carry and use comes by sea.
Shipping Australia encourages you to learn about what seafarers do, and the importance of women amongst their professional ranks. Visit the IMO’s “day of the seafarer” webpage and help spread the word of the importance of seafarers and the contribution that women make in the shipping industry.