The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release.
ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel, quoted in the release, also serves as secretary-treasurer of the SIU.
24 June 2014
The ITF is once again backing the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization’s) Day of the Seafarer – the annual worldwide celebration of seafarers and what they do for us all – which will be held tomorrow, 25 June.
ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel said: “The Day of the Seafarer gives everyone a chance to celebrate the vital role that seafarers play in everyone’s lives. It’s an opportunity and a request for help that the ITF and its unions are always happy to respond to.”
He continued: “This year the IMO has asked that we all promote the day by spreading the theme of ‘what seafarers bring us’ globally via social media. The idea is that this will give everyone a chance to express their thanks to seafarers for their huge but often forgotten contribution to modern society.”
The IMO asks everyone to add a word or words of their choice to the sentence ‘Seafarers brought me....’ – it can be anything that comes to us by sea – and then put it on social media along with the hashtag #thankyouseafarers. You can spread the message at http://dayoftheseafarer2014.imo.org or find out all about the day and access the social media toolkit for it at http://www.imo.org/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2014.aspx