Thank seafarers on 2012 Day of the SeafarerListen /
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is paying tribute to those who work on the high seas on this, the International Day of the Seafarer 25 June.
IOM is asking people around the world to use social networks to highlight just how important the world's 1.5 million seafarers are, noting that they are responsible for transporting the vital items that the world uses every day.
In a video message on the IOM website, Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu also said an additional 20,000 trained seafarers are required every year.
"My final message is to all young persons on the verge of choosing a future career to seriously consider seafaring, as even today it provides the chance to see the world and get paid for doing so! It also provides for a fulfilling and rewarding professional career either as a lifelong seafarer or as a springboard for related professional jobs in the maritime industries ashore.”