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Celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer 2024

Celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer 2024

Today, the Maldives joins the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the world in celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer. This year’s theme, “Seafarers: At the core of shipping’s future,” underscores the vital role these often-unseen heroes play in keeping global trade flowing.

A Lifeline for the World

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres rightly states, seafarers are the backbone of international shipping, the lifeblood of global trade. Over 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea, ensuring essential supplies reach markets, homes, and ultimately, our tables.

Maldives, a Nation Reliant on the Seas

For an island nation like the Maldives, the importance of seafarers cannot be overstated. From the daily necessities that fuel our tourism industry to the critical supplies that sustain our communities, a smooth-functioning maritime sector is essential. We owe a debt of gratitude to the seafarers who deliver these goods safely and efficiently.

Acknowledging the Challenges

However, celebrating seafarers extends beyond recognizing their economic contribution. It also means acknowledging the significant challenges they face. Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, IMO Secretary-General, highlights the hardships endured by seafarers, from piracy and conflict zones to the ongoing attacks in the Red Sea. These threats put lives at risk and disrupt the vital flow of goods.

The International Day of the Seafarer serves as a powerful reminder. We must work together to ensure the safety and well-being of seafarers.

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Honoring Sacrifice, Building a Brighter Future

On this International Day of the Seafarer, let us not only celebrate the immense contribution of these individuals but also advocate for their rights and safety. By creating a more secure maritime environment and ensuring fair working conditions, we can build a future where seafarers can continue to serve as the core of a thriving global shipping industry.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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