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.
Each year on 25th June 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, the International Harbour Masters’ Association called on the families of its 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.
Here is a selection of the fantastic drawings we received in 2021. IHMA sincerely thanks all those who supported us in our efforts to draw attention to the vital role that seafarers play in our everyday lives. And to the seafarers of the world, we thank you with all our hearts.
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