Today is Day of the Seafarer, a tribute celebrated on June 25 every year as a way to recognize the world’s 1.2 million seafarers, who are responsible in ways largely unseen for more than 90% of the world’s goods being transported. That smartphone or laptop you are using to read this post: most likely transported by ship.
Who are today’s mariners? As part of Day of the Seafarer, Crewtoo, a social media site for mariners, is posting “Faces of the Sea” throughout the day on the Crewtoo Facebook page. The quick profiles (which can be downloaded here) give a glimpse of what it’s like to be a modernday seafarer . For 4th Engineer Joey Lyn, for example, staying in touch with home is key: “There are alot of things a seafarer needs but one of the best things that could help is good communication…to office, shore, and most of all to our family who are the number one source of our energy.”
Access to Internet, social media, e-mail, and satellite phone is indeed an important issue for mariners today, a topic covered in this blog recently with a discussion of crew welfare and “10 Tips for Keeping Crew Connected and Happy.” This August, new standards for working conditions for seafarers will go into effect around the world. Known as MLC 2006, the new standards will include requirements for crew welfare, with communications a key component. KVH MobileWorld will provide more information about MLC 2006 as the date it goes into effect – August 20, 2013 – grows nearer.
The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011, following its establishment by a resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), in 2010, under the umbrella of the International Maritime Organization. The Day of the Seafarer is recognized as a United Nations Observance.
Today, and every day, KVH says: “Thank you, mariners!”