Nautilus members generated lots of interesting conversations on to help highlight the work of seafarers for International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2014.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) invited everyone to complete the sentence ‘Seafarers brought me ………’ and post it on social media with the hashtag #thankyouseafarers.
People were also encouraged to share what seafarers brought them on a virtual wall which will build into a massive rolling display highlighting that seafarers are responsible for 90% of all global trade.
Seafarers themselves took part in the day by tweeting a picture of themselves at sea and sharing the realities of life at sea on social media. The IMO was particularly keen for seafarers to share how many days they have been at sea so that the public understands more about the realities of global transport.
Have a look at all the tweets generated on the account for using the hashtagXX #DaysAtSea, and at the messages of support on the Nautius Facebook page .
Those who retweeted the Union's fridge magnets offer, should send in their address either via a direct mail to @nautilusint on Twitter, or or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nautilus International shared its thanks for members in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland on social media and highlighted that they work 365 days a year to ensure that our supermarkets and retail outlets are full of the items we use every day.
The Union also called on industry to play its part in recognising the work of seafarers by joining the Fair Transport campaign, ensuring that the world’s seafarers are thanked everyday with workplaces and living environments of the same standard as those enjoyed ashore.
‘We want seafarers and the general public to really get behind this year’s Day of the Seafarer events and show the world that seafarers are a vital part of the world we live in today,’ said Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson. ‘For one day a year we can all say “Thank You” and ensure that seafarers do not go unseen and unheard. We also want industry to remember their seafarers 365 days a year by supporting the Fair Transport campaign, ensuring good working conditions for all seafarers — because nothing says thank you better than a great place to work.’
Read more on the Fair Transport campaign on the Nautilus campaign web pages. To sign the IMO wall and tell the world what seafarers brought you visit IMO's Day of the Seafarer 2014 website.