Government of Canada Marks Fifth annual Day of the Seafarer

OTTAWA, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, encourages all Canadians to mark the Day of the Seafarer, which takes place every year on June 25, by showing their support to all those who work on ships in Canada and worldwide.

On this special day, we celebrate those men and women who have made their living on the sea, enduring the risks and personal costs they bear while at their jobs, knowing that what they are doing is appreciated by their families and all those who benefit from their work.

Today, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating the fifth annual global Day of the Seafarer, focusing on careers at sea. This year's campaign will highlight the many rich and fulfilling career opportunities at sea and ashore, and create a picture of seafaring as a viable, attractive and exciting career option.

Anyone wishing to share their story on social media is encouraged to use the hashtag: #CareeratSea. To participate in the IMO's Day of the Seafarer 2015 campaign, go to Day of the Seafarer.

Quick Facts

  • An official United Nations international observance day, the Day of the Seafarer is organized by the IMO, the UN agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping.
  • As an agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

"Today we have an opportunity to honour seafarers, the men and women who keep people and goods moving around the world, often under challenging circumstances. I encourage all seafarers to share their stories, and all Canadians to acknowledge those who earn a living at sea and their contributions to Canada's prosperity."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

Associated Link

Day of the Seafarer

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055

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