PMO News Portal - Referring to the history of World Maritime
Day, Ali Akbar Marzban said: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates
September 30 as World Maritime Day, and every year a ceremony is held in London
to commemorate this day. All member states are also called upon to hold a
variety of programs focusing on seafarers' issues.
Annually, with the approval of the Council of the
International Maritime Organization, a theme is defined for this day, and this
year, the theme of the International Maritime Day is "Seafarers: At the
core of shipping’s future".
Stating that the maritime industry has three pillars of
ships, ports and seafarers The Director General of seafarers Affairs,
specialized and international organizations of PMO highlighted that Seafarers
are at the core of the maritime industry.
Marzban emphasized that in 2020 and 2021 maritime and port
activities were exposed to many issues with the outbreak of the Corona virus.
seafarers became faced many problems such as vaccination, change of crew in
different countries, termination of the contract and the obligation to be on
board after the expiration of the contract.
Another challenge for seafarers was the lack of adequate
access to welfare facilities and medical services in the ports of different
countries, caused by the pandemic. these issues led the International Maritime
Organization to choose this year’s theme "Seafarers: At the core of
shipping’s future" and call on all countries to respect the rights of
seafarers and not allow the spread of the corona virus to cause violations of
the rights of seafarers.