"At sea for all": annual day celebrates maritime workers

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A view from the Port of Doraleh, Djibouti. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

"At sea for all"; that's the "campaign theme" of this year's annual Day of the Seafarer.

It's the sixth annual day, marked by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Saturday, 25 June.

The celebratory day is designed to highlight the significant impact that maritime labourers have, sailing the world's seas and oceans.

Janie Cangelosi has more.

The IMO is asking people everywhere to show appreciation for seafarers on 25 June.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that seafarers "quietly, mostly unnoticed, keep the wheels of the world in motion."

In an official statement for the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that they help "keep the world's people clothed, fed and housed."

Mr Ban went on to add that they "have the potential to drive economic growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sound."

The "At Sea for All" campaign theme for this year ties into the theme for World Maritime Day, "Shipping: indispensable to the world."

World Maritime day will be observed on 29 September.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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