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Pakistan observes the Day of the Seafarer like other countries across the globe

Pakistan observes the Day of the Seafarer

Pakistan observes the Day of the Seafarer like other countries across the globe today (Thursday).

This year, the Day of the Seafarer campaign calls on sates to recognize seafarers as key workers and to provide them with the support, assistance and travel options open to all key workers during the pandemic.

Pakistan observes the Day of the Seafarer

Seafarers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food, medicines and medical supplies.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the work achieved by seafarers in response to the pandemic and to thank them for their contribution. The campaign also encourages everyone to treat seafarers with the respect and dignity they deserve so that they can continue to provide their vital services to keep world trade moving.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidihas issued a special message to mark the day.

On behalf of Pakistan, he urged member states of International Maritime Organization (IMO) to declare seafarers as key workers and facilitate their repatriation back to their home countries.

Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi said Pakistan has already lifted restrictions on international air travel.

Furthermore, he reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate crew changeovers and repatriation of stranded seafarers to their homes.

The Minister said Pakistani seafarers as part of the global maritime community not only served aboard the vessels flying Pakistan flag but also a large number served on foreign flag vessels.

GTV

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