Tributes to seafarers are being received from shipping companies, unions, international fora like the IMO and ILO, in fact from almost all who understand the invaluable role of seafarers in all our lives.
The 28 members of the International Christian Maritime Association, our seafarers’ centres and chaplains, committees, volunteers and staff and the faith communities whom we represent, all of us applaud seafarers on this day.
We pray that you are safe.
We pray that your family life is happy.
We pray for your company, that your job is secure.
We pray that you will enjoy the fellowship of your faith family in every port.
We pray that you will experience fulfilment.
May you experience how close God is to you.
The members of ICMA are dedicated to your wellbeing. Call on us if you need support or assistance. We are there, in most ports of the world, to help you, or simply to be your friend.
The Liverpool seafarers’ Centre has sent us their contribution of seafarers’ faces in celebration of The Day of the Seafarer. Faces of the Sea 2013 Liverpool
The IMO’s Day of the Seafarer 2013 campaign will reflect the human face of seafarers.
ICMA members have begun to participate by sending us photographs of seafarers plying their trade. This photo is from Florin Garbea, Director of ICMA member LIFE International Ministries in Constantza, Rumania. Florin himself visits ships and runs the local seafarers’ centre. LIFE International will host this year’s ICMA Annual General Meeting in Bucharest.
This smiling seafarer affirms the positive attitude of seafarers who work to keep ships moving. Seafarers are professionals. Seafarers are happy at doing their jobs. Seafarers are a vital workforce. Seafarers are real human beings.
Those pictures were taken in Constantza port this year, 2013, and remind us of the sacrifices that the seafarers make for all of us. May God bless all seafarers around the world, their families and all the seafarers’ centres dedicated to the benefit of those who work on board.
The International Christian Maritime Association’s members continue to serve seafarers in every way we can.
With the recent announcement by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that “this year’s theme for Day of the Seafarer (25, June 2013) is ‘Faces of the Sea'”, ICMA invites you to send us images of seafarers.
IMO explained that this year the theme brings into focus to the unsung heroes of shipping: seafarers. It aims to “spotlights the human face of shipping and the sacrifices that seafarers make.”
The IMO, quoted in MarineLink.com , said that it would be inviting seafarers to:
“Take a picture of yourself, or ask a colleague to take it, from a ship while working at sea or in port in a situation that surprises, or that inspires those that rarely consider what its like to be at sea. Post to any of the IMO’s social media channels, telling us how many days you have spent at sea this year and why you posted this picture.”