In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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, repatriation, etc.
In light of this, the 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign focused its message around urging governments to recognize seafarers as key workers and ease travel restrictions for them to facilitate crew changes.
The IMO says that, the 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign will continue to encourage governments to support seafarers amid the pandemic but will expand its message, calling for a fair future for seafarers.
The campaign will discuss issues that will still be relevant to seafarers after the pandemic, such as fair treatment of seafarers, fair working conditions (in line with ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention), fair training, fair safety, etc.
#FairFuture4Seafarers will be the hashtag for the campaign.
Seafarers themselves can use the hashtag to voice their position on what a fairer future for seafarers includes and looks like.
Support organizations can also join in and use the hashtag to demonstrate how they support seafarers and what they hope for a fairer future.
Shipping companies and port organizations are also invited to show their appreciation for seafarers.