Ports around the world are joining today an initiative encouraging ships to sound their horns for 15 seconds at noon as a special tribute to the contributions of seafarers in keeping supply chains robust and maritime trade going amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative, dubbed the Horns of Hope, was launched under
the banner of Abu Dhabi Ports and very shortly received support from hundreds
of ports in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas as ships
sounded horns to support front-line workers each evening.
“As the world’s
standard-setting organisation for the shipping industry, it is heartening to
see the Horns of Hope solidarity campaign begun by the UAE has been so
enthusiastically adopted by global ports,” Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the
International Maritime Organization, said.
“Those who work in shipping to keep the sea lines open for
the world are to be admired and respected for their daily selfless acts of
courage in the face of adversity and challenge. We are grateful and continue to
applaud our members for their support of the Horns of Hope campaign.”
The International Chamber of Shipping and the International
Transport Workers Federation have jointly called upon countries to recognise
seafarers as key workers of global trade, and to shed light on the important
work they carry out in the ongoing pandemic.
The support is of extreme importance as seafarers face an
unprecedented crisis with regard to crew changes due to the pandemic-related
travel bans and restrictions, leaving thousands of workers at sea.
Tomorrow at 12 noon local we will be making some noise for
#seafarers. From Australia to Canada, from Copenhagen to Singapore and many
#ports in between ships horns will sound for the #HeroesAtSeaShoutout
grateful to every member of our maritime workforce for their tireless
contributions over the years in building Singapore into a global hub port and
an international maritime centre. In these challenging times, we wish to show
our appreciation to maritime personnel, especially seafarers, and stand in
solidarity to ensure that global trade and supply lines stay resilient to
support pandemic response around the world,” Quah Ley Hoon, MPA’s Chief
“Seafarers are essential service providers of the global
supply chain. They play a critical role during this pandemic by transporting
essential goods such as food and medicine to consumers and hospitals across the
world. On Labour Day, we call on ships to collectively sound their horns to
show our appreciation and solidarity with our seafarers, the unsung heroes of
global trade,” Mary Liew, SMOU’s General Secretary, said.