In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers found themselves both on the front line of the global response and subject to difficult working conditions surrounding uncertainties and difficulties around port access, re-supply, crew changeovers, repatriation, etc.
In light of this, the 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign focused its message around urging governments to recognize seafarers as key workers and ease travel restrictions for them to facilitate crew changes.
The 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign will continue to encourage governments to support seafarers amid the pandemic but will expand its message, calling for a fair future for seafarers.
The campaign will discuss issues that will still be relevant to seafarers after the pandemic, such as fair treatment of seafarers, fair working conditions (in line with ILO's Maritime Labour Convention), fair training, fair safety, etc.
At the Mission with the involvement of the Vancouver Port Welfare Committee we are looking at how we can show our gratitude to the seafarers who will be in the port. One thing seafarers miss is what we on land do and that is eating out. One thing seafarers enjoy is pizza and so with the financial support of the ILWU we will be bringing pizza's to the seafarers on the ships we visit.