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    • Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, is hailing the contribution of seafarers to the world.
    • The world pauses to express gratitude for the risks and personal costs seafarers bear, while undertaking their tasks in precarious situations regularly.
    • Shipping accounts for 90 per cent of international trade and is the only cost-effective way of transporting goods across the world.

    Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, is hailing the contribution of seafarers to the world.

    “Without the contribution of seafarers, half the world would freeze and the other half would starve,” Rear Admiral Brady said in a message to mark the Day of the Seafarer, celebrated internationally on June 25.

    He pointed out that on that day the world pauses to express gratitude for the risks and personal costs seafarers bear, while undertaking their tasks in precarious situations regularly.

    “Seafarers contribute immensely to global trade, despite being faced with the vagaries of the sea, such as stressful weather conditions and in some cases, piracy and abandonment,” Rear Admiral Brady said, adding that being away from family and friends for extended periods also contributes to the difficulties that they endure.

    He noted that shipping accounts for 90 per cent of international trade and is the only cost-effective way of transporting goods across the world.  He expressed thanks to the more than 500 Jamaican seafarers and approximately 1.5 million worldwide.

    “The Maritime Authority of Jamaica salutes all seafarers and thank them for being the ‘faces of the sea’ in bridging the gap between the sea and land in the transportation of goods and services for our daily lifestyles” Rear Admiral Brady said.

    The Day of the Seafarer designation was approved in June 2010 at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines, where the primary Convention governing the training and certification of seafarers was amended. The convention is known as the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, (STCW 1978).

    The Day was first observed internationally on June 25, 2011.