On 1st of May, 2020 members of the Lithuanian Shipowners Association and Klaipeda port joined to the action initiated by the International Chamber of Shipping and European Community Shipowners Association’s to express sacrifices to all maritime workers by sounding ships’ horns.
The move is to celebrate and recognize the contributions and sacrifices that all workers, including all maritime workers both on-board and onshore, have been making amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. At this difficult time for the world, shipping wants to ensure that the contributions made by all maritime workers such as seafarers are not forgotten.
Therefore, ECSA joins the ICS in their call to encourage as many ships as possible across Europe, who are in a port or harbour, to sound their horns (as is safe to do so) at 12h00 local time on 1 May 2020. We kindly ask our member companies, shipowners, managers, port operators, and any relevant stakeholders to encourage ship captains to action this gesture.
685,000 maritime workers in European shipping, with some 555,000 of them at sea, are working hard to ensure that food, fuel, and supplies continue to flow for millions of European citizens.
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