Last week my travelling took me to the East Coast and Norfolk, Virginia. Like everywhere I go, I met many sailors, seafarers, and many who work our harbors in tugs and workboats. As often happens, a conversation ensues about the maritime industry, shipbuilders and shipping, as it did during my visit with McAllister Towing of Virginia. ( I hope to write about them in a future post.) My conversation with mariner Bobby Lii centered around how so much commerce in this country is dependent on a strong marine industry.
Today the International Maritime Organization is celebrating the “Day of the Seafarer.” Quoting from a story in the Maritime Executive,
“IMO will be celebrating the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven’t.”
To learn more about the Day of the Seafarer and how you can participate, please follow the link, http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2014-2014-06-24
Have a great seafarer day!