Singapore: Today sees the fourth ever Day of the Seafarer. The day, now recognised by the United Nations, was created by the International Maritime Organisation to increase awareness among the general public of the indispensable services the more than 1.2m seafarers bring to the world, and to make the lives of those at sea better, safer and more secure.
In recognition of this event our sister site Maritime CEO has been in touch with four seafarers working for Univan Ship Management, two of whom hail from the Philippines.
The seafarers called for greater internet connectivity onboard all ships and more recreation options such as a gym.
Moreover, given the huge contribution to the national economy via all the seafarer remittances back home, one Filipino officer urged the Philippine government to create laws to provide welfare assistance to seafarers and their families up to their retirement.
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