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.
IHMA initiative to support the IMO Day of the Seafarer
Draw a picture invitation
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.
The International Harbour Masters’ Association 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
We want to see the pictures they’ve drawn. Whether they’ve lovingly designed their own, or proudly printed and coloured a picture, send their drawings to:
and we’ll post them on the IHMA website and our social media platforms for the world’s seafarers to see.
Or, post your 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
Where it all began
The idea behind this ‘Draw a Picture” campaign stems from the personal experience of our President Captain Yoss Leclerc when he commenced work as Harbour Master at the Vancouver Port Authority.
He writes: ‘At that time, my daughters, Morgane and Alhana, aged seven and six years old, used to come with me to the office on week-ends. They loved the premises (i.e. Canada Place) as it looks actually like a ship, with all the bay windows and with the view on the water. It also holds many artefacts from around the world, as well as great furniture.
‘The first time I took them with me I showed them around and they saw all the different desks of the port employees and asked me who they were. I responded that they were my colleagues and that they were working very hard every day to ensure the movement of ships, people and goods. They were very impressed and decided to draw a picture for each employee to and leave it on their desk…On Monday morning, a rumour started to grow regarding some amazing pictures dropped on desks. Colleagues were so touched and moved to find their drawings and by the end of the day, everyone knew about Morgane and Alhana and wanted to meet with them to thank them. Up to this day (my daughters are now 22 and 21), people are still talking about it and some of them still have that drawing at their desk.’
‘Hence, when we decided to celebrate “Seafarers Day”, I immediately thought about organizing a similar activity that would warm the hearts of everyone at sea: the altruistic gesture of children that want to show that they care about seafarers that are alone at sea for months, away from their families and loved ones.’
The bulk carrier Eaubonne (former name GH Storm Cat) is now (4 May) under quarantine in Durban harbour. On the same day that the South African government issued a statement saying that the ports were on high alert for the Indian variant of the Coronavirus (B.1.617) that has emerged in devastating numbers in India, it was learnt that a ship that arrived on Sunday night, 2 May, has been placed under quarantine after the discovery that a crew member had died en route. Another 14 crew have since been taken for testing for Covid-19.
‘All our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of COVID-19,’ said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in the statement issued on 4 May 2021.
The ship Eaubonne (IMO 9663104), sailed from the port of Kandla in India on 18 April on a 14-day voyage to Durban, where she arrived off port on 1 May, prior to entering port and berthing at Maydon Wharf 2 on 2 May at 2000.
During the voyage one of the crew members passed away and authorities in Durban were advised that he died of a heart attack.
The ship was carrying a cargo of 6,250 tons of rice to be discharged in Durban.
However, on 4 May dock workers and others working on the ship were told to stop all operations and that the vessel was under quarantine. Fourteen of the crew were taken for COVID-19 testing but the real worry is that a large number of dockworkers had already been exposed to the crew.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-Committee Chair, Karima Delli*, on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport by the European Parliament. This was reported on 28 April.
It is understood that the report was adopted with 453 votes in favour, 92 against, and 154 abstentions.
The final text adopted in the European Parliament plenary contains many of the key strong points which are supported by ESPO: