Life At Sea

Sailors – At Sea for All: indispensable to the world

In our day to day life we never take out the time to sit back and think about the people who are responsible for getting us most of the things that we use. Many of us remain unaware of the contributions made by the world’s seafaring community in making our lives easier. Sailors work away from their homes in difficult conditions fighting the elements of nature so that we can get the goods that we need in time.


These seafarers are the backbone of the world economy. If they were unwilling to do their job, international trade, the import and export of affordable food items and manufactured goods and the bulk transportation of raw materials would be impacted beyond measure. Ships are accountable for conducting almost 90% of world trade. Even imagining a world without these seafarers is beyond comprehension.

Many of us land dwellers do not really understand the challenges these brave men and women face. Many think that seafarers are just relaxing and travelling on a fancy ship. But that’s not the whole truth. These seafarers help connect the world;they are responsible for getting us a lot of things that we need from other parts of the world. Those who work on cruise ships make travel interesting for the people at large. Those working on merchant vessels supply food to nations who need it, oil for industries to work, coal to keep the fires burning and electricity supply going and containers for the rest of the world’s industries.

Sailors are at the centre of the global economy and international progress. These are the people who need our respect and our support. They deserve to be known. This year on the Day of the Seafarer, show that you care. Show your gratitude.



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Neha Gupta

A Professional writer with over 10 years of experience, I love writing and learning about new areas during the process. Writing about merchant navy has given me a close look at the sacrifices made by the seafaring community and it is a pleasure to bring to light, through my blogs, for all to see and view, the hard work and dedication of these unsung heroes i.e. the seafarers.

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