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 and to 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.’
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies. This was reported on 22 July.
Updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) states: ‘Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that carry goods and no passengers, with special attention to seafarers who are stranded at sea and prevented from crossing international borders for crew change due to travel restrictions.’
IMO Secretary General Lim commented: ‘I am glad to see that the WHO recognises the importance of vaccinating seafarers on cargo ships.
‘These individuals are responsible for transporting over 80% of all goods around the world, including food, medicine and vaccine supplies – and have continued to do so despite extremely challenging circumstances. Seafarers will play a key role in the global recovery, and barriers to international travel and crew change must be removed.’
On 28 September 2019, a cargo tank containing styrene monomer on board the Cayman Islands registered chemical tanker Stolt Groenland ruptured causing an explosion and fire. The tanker was moored alongside a general cargo berth in Ulsan, Republic of Korea and the Singapore registered chemical tanker Bow Dalian was moored outboard. Ignition of the styrene monomer vapour resulted in a fireball, which reached the road bridge above. Both vessels were damaged, and two crew suffered minor injuries. Fifteen emergency responders were injured during the fire-fighting, which lasted for over six hours.
Rupture of the styrene monomer tank resulted from a runaway polymerisation that was initiated by elevated temperatures caused by heat transfer from other chemical cargoes. Elevated temperatures caused the inhibitor, added to prevent the chemical’s polymerisation during the voyage, to deplete more rapidly than expected. Although the styrene monomer had not been stowed directly adjacent to heated cargo, the potential for heat transfer through intermediate tanks was not fully appreciated or assessed.