今年的世界海事主題 – “海員：航運未來的核心”是對那些在這場全球危機中繼續提供全球貿易，在船上表現出極大堅毅和決心的海員致敬。海員一直都是我們工作的核心，不論是在人身安全方面，海上安全以及環境保護方面，IMO都為此而努力。
IMO has chosen to make 2021 a year of action for seafarers, who are facing unprecedented hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite their vital role as key workers for global supply chains.
The World Maritime Theme for 2021, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” seeks to increase the visibility of seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future.
The focus on seafarers comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on seafarers, with hundreds of thousands of men and women stranded on ships for months beyond their original contracts, unable to be repatriated due to national travel restrictions. A similar number of seafarers are unable to join ships and earn a living. This crew change crisis, which has been ongoing for nearly a year, is a humanitarian emergency that threatens the safety of shipping.
Throughout the year, the World Maritime Theme will also put the spotlight on other issues related to the human element of shipping, including the safety and security of life on board ships, seafarers’ well-being, and the importance of ensuring an appropriately trained and qualified workforce, ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of digitalization and automation.
IMO Message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim:
COVID-19 pandemic still holds sway, with many countries subject to lockdowns and travel restrictions. Hundreds of thousands cannot leave ships; whilst many others cannot join. This humanitarian crisis threatens global trade and safe navigation. We all must do better to support our brave professionals who continue to deliver global trade.
The dedication and professionalism of more than one and a half million seafarers worldwide deserve our great admiration and gratitude – but most importantly, immediate action.
A first step would be for all countries to designate seafarers as key workers, we need more Governments to step up. Key worker designation is crucial to ensure prioritization for vaccination. But seafarers have not only been impacted by the pandemic, their lives have also been put at risk in other ways – one major issue being piracy incidents, costing lives and traumatizing many more who have been held hostage or are still in the hands of their attackers.
We need to do more and IMO has decided to make 2021 a year of action for our seafarers. This year’s World Maritime Theme – “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” – is dedicated to the seafarers who have shown tremendous fortitude and determination in continuing to deliver global trade throughout this global crisis. At IMO, seafarers have always been at the centre of all our work – be it in the area of safety, maritime security, or environmental protection.
All these important topics need global attention. We will be hosting many events supporting the theme. Our goal to highlight seafarers as the heart of shipping throughout the year and beyond.
(This material is taken from IMO website.)