OTTAWA, June 25, 2012 /CNW/ - June 25 is the Day of the Seafarer. To
mark the occasion, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, encouraged all Canadians to show their
support for those who work on ships in Canada and around the world.
"Today we honour seafarers for their contribution to international trade
and the global economy," said Minister Lebel. "These men and women keep
people and goods moving across the globe, often at great personal
sacrifice. It is important to acknowledge how their dedication and hard
work help keep Canada and other nations prosperous."
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) declared June 25 the
annual Day of the Seafarer in 2011. It is an occasion for people
everywhere to pay tribute to the vital role the world's 1.5 million
seafarers play in the global economy. Ships carry more than 90 per cent
of international trade, and it is because of seafarers that these goods
are moved to market safely, efficiently and with minimal impact on the
The theme of this year's campaign is "It came by the sea and I can't
live without it." People around the world are invited to share their
appreciation for something they rely upon that was brought to market by
sea. Visit the IMO's website to see how you can join the discussion.
"Canadians are proud to participate again this year," said Minister
Lebel. "Celebrating this day is an excellent way to recognize what
seafarers do for us all and to express our thanks."
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Transport Canada, Ottawa
For more information about the Day of the Seafarer, visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/rsqa-imo-3979.htm
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