Seafarers "oil that keeps global trade machine moving": UN

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Seafarers around the world are being recognised by the United Nations for their contribution to the global economy.

Crews that serve on commercial ships have been described as "the oil that keeps the global trade machine moving."

The UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO) is celebrating the annual Day of the Seafarer on Wednesday.

The IMO's Lee Adamson explains why the celebration is needed.

"The whole world relies on safe, secure, sustainable shipping. It relies on it for things like food security, the supply of food, of commodities, raw materials and so on. All of that relies on seafarers. Seafarers literally are the oil that keeps the global trade machine moving."

The IMO is encouraging the public to thank ship crews using the hashtag #thankyouseafarers.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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