Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
25 June of each year is the 'Day of the Seafarer', recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families.
This has never been more true than in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when seafarers found themselves both on the front line of the global response and subject to difficult working conditions surrounding uncertainties and difficulties around port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.
This year, IHMA is on a mission to ensure that wherever the world's seafarers go, they see how much the world appreciates the work they do.
Draw a Picture
What do the youngsters in your life think about when they hear the term 'seafarer'? A ship, an anchor, the sea? Whatever it is, tell your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to get their felt tips and paper out and let's see what they can come up with.
IHMA is calling on the families of members and of the wider maritime community to help show their support by having the young people in their lives draw a picture for a seafarer.
Inspired by IMO's themes for World Maritime Day and Day of the Seafarer 2021, the idea is to keep seafarers smiling and in touch while educating the younger generation about the life of the modern-day seafarer.
Send Us Your Drawings
There’s still time to send us your drawings.
Whether they've lovingly designed their own, or proudly printed and coloured a picture, send their drawings via email to email@example.com and we'll post them on the IHMA web and social media sites for the world's seafarers to see; or, post their pictures to the following address and we'll get them onboard for the seafarers to enjoy:
IHMA, 2 Burgh Mount, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1ER, United Kingdom
Early in June the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced the publication of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance, Fourth Edition
This Guidance has been produced by the ICS to help shipping companies and seafarers follow health advice provided by UN agencies and others in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), under the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR).
It is understood that this Guidance is for use on all types of ship and attempts to take into account the needs of both cargo and passenger ships. It is recognised that cargo ships are unlikely to have a fully trained doctor or nurse on board and that medical treatment on cargo ships will be provided by a crew member with training to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) medical requirements.
This fourth edition replaces the ICS guidance published in September 2020 and should be read in conjunction with the three Covid-19 guidance documents published by ICS in 2021.
The G7 Summit will take place in Carbis Bay, North Cornwall, in England’s SW from 11 to 13 June.
Leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US will attend the Summit alongside the EU and European Commission Presidents.
Guest nations attend
On 12 June they will be joined by leaders from Australia, South Africa, Republic of Korea and the UN Secretary General. Leaders of international organisations and the Indian Prime Minister will also attend the Summit virtually from that day.
It is reported that Prime Minister Johnston will use Summit in Cornwall next week to ask world leaders to come together to end the coronavirus pandemic