The theme for 2019 is “I am onboard with gender equality” recognizing the increased role and presence of women in the shipping industry and onboard ship and that they are equal partners.
“It is an opportunity to highlight opportunities for women, as well as the contributions they are already making in a wide range of maritime careers and professions, but the focus will be very firmly on one aspect of that community — seafarers,” IMO [International Maritime Organisation]
The Day of the Seafarer is an opportunity to say thank you to all seafarers, who bring us 90% of what we use in our daily lives.
Being out of sight on the oceans and in the ports of the world only contributes to their sense of isolation and to know others are grateful and thinking of them can give them the hope and encouragement they need.
You are welcome to drop by the Waterfront Seafarers Centre on Tuesday to say thank you to seafarers in person, to drop off a donation or make a donation.
Write a message, a prayer of thanks to seafarers ‘in a bottle’ which will be put up in the centre for the seafarers to see when they come to the centre.
To learn more about seafarers and the work of the Mission you can also go to www.missiontoseafarers.org