The Day of Seafarers

The day of seafarers is on 25 June 2018, this time IMO is focusing on seafarers Wellbeing, particularly their mental health. This year campaign will have two hashtag i.e #Support Seafarers Wellbeing and # GoodDayatSea.

By addressing the issue of seafarers wellbeing and particularly mental health, this campaign can inform specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers’ mental conditions – and make the tools available more widely known.

The campaign will seek to highlight and showcase best practices and good examples but will also, inevitably, bring out areas of concern and examples of shortcomings.

Official video message by the IMO Secretary-General

Take the survey!

At the core of it’s campaign this year, IMO created an online survey to collect seafarers feedback. IMO want to hear from you to make sure you know what your rights are and if you feel those rights are being implemented into your operational reality. The survey’s feedback will be fed at IMO Council to make sure member states are aware of your comments. So take the survey. Click here  or on the Image below to take the survey.

Photo competition

This year, IMO and the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) have teamed up to give you the chance to showcase your photographic skills and win a GoPro Camera, iPad or both! The competition is sponsored by The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). To share your photos Click here  or on the Image below to take the survey.

Social Media

As in previous years, the campaign will be centred on social media. All IMO’s social media platforms are likely to feature but Twitter and Facebook will account for most activity.

This year the campaign will have two hashtags, as follows:


This hashtag can be used by shipping companies and others within the industry, to show how they provide a decent working environment for seafarers and how they address mental health issues among their seagoing staff.


This hashtag can be used to engage the general public, to wish them a good day at sea.

IMO will use the hashtag #GoodDayatSea to encourage seafarers to share photos of themselves in a positive work environment as part of our photo competition.

Completing the phrase #GoodDayatSea looks like…

This year, IMO will also promote good initiatives and material developed by various maritime stakeholders to advocate for higher standards of welfare as well as highlight what they are doing to improve conditions for seafarers regarding issues related to seafarers wellbeing, such as:

  • Shore leave

  • Abandonment

  • Mental health

  • Wages

  • No criminalization

  • Repatriation

  • Resources available to Positive Mental Health

  • MLC convention

Film on Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing

A new film produced by Videotel called Seafarers Mental Health and Wellbeing will see its trailer launched on the occasion of Day of the Seafarer. The free video will provide useful signposts and will get you thinking about your own mental health. It will equip seafarers with ideas and resources that could lead them to better mental health. Please view the video below:

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