OTTAWA, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, is encouraging Canadians to mark the Day of the Seafarer, which takes place every year on June 25 by showing their appreciation for all those who work on ships in Canada and abroad.
"Today we pay tribute to seafarers and the important work they do," said Minister Lebel. "As a result of this demanding work, people and goods can move safely and efficiently around the world. It is important to recognize these valuable contributions to world trade, supporting Canada's prosperity."
The campaign is organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The theme for this year is Faces of the Sea. People are invited to demonstrate their support for the world's 1.5 million seafarers by sharing their favourite image of a seafarer on the IMO's social media channel.
"Canada, as the first official member state of the International Maritime Organization, is proud to support seafarers on this special day," added Minister Lebel. "I encourage Canadians to join the campaign and express their appreciation for seafarers."
The Day of the Seafarer, which was first celebrated in 2011, is now included in the annual list of United Nations Observances. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping, and for preventing marine pollution by ships.
To participate in the IMO's Day of the Seafarer 2013 campaign, go to http://www.imo.org/About/Events/dayoftheseafarer/Pages/Day-of-the-Seafarer-2013.aspx
SOURCE Transport Canada