OTTAWA, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, is encouraging Canadians to mark the Day of
the Seafarer, which takes place every year on June 25 by showing their
appreciation for all those who work on ships in Canada and abroad.
"Today we pay tribute to seafarers and the important work they do," said
Minister Lebel. "As a result of this demanding work, people and goods
can move safely and efficiently around the world. It is important to
recognize these valuable contributions to world trade, supporting
The campaign is organized by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO). The theme for this year is Faces of the Sea. People are invited to demonstrate their support for the world's 1.5
million seafarers by sharing their favourite image of a seafarer on the
IMO's social media channel.
"Canada, as the first official member state of the International
Maritime Organization, is proud to support seafarers on this special
day," added Minister Lebel. "I encourage Canadians to join the campaign
and express their appreciation for seafarers."
The Day of the Seafarer, which was first celebrated in 2011, is now
included in the annual list of United Nations Observances. The IMO is
the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety and
security of shipping, and for preventing marine pollution by ships.
To participate in the IMO's Day of the Seafarer 2013 campaign, go to http://www.imo.org/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2013.aspx
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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