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Stena Line to Sound Horns In Port Today In Support of International ‘Day of the Seafarer’

25th June 2021
'Day of the Seafarer': At noon today, 25 June all Stena Line vessels will sound their horns in port to support of seafarers around the world. AFLOAT adds above the funnel and horn of Stena Embla which sails the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route, is one of three E-Flexer series of next generation ro-pax ferries operating on the Irish Sea. 'Day of the Seafarer': At noon today, 25 June all Stena Line vessels will sound their horns in port to support of seafarers around the world. AFLOAT adds above the funnel and horn of Stena Embla which sails the Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route, is one of three E-Flexer series of next generation ro-pax ferries operating on the Irish Sea. Credit: Stena Line-twitter

At 12 noon (local time) today, 25 June all Stena Line vessels will sound their horns in port to support of seafarers around the world.

More than 1.6 million men and women are keyworkers in keeping vital supply lines open during the global pandemic COVID-19.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), along with industry associations, companies and social partners are calling on shipowners, masters and crews around the world to sound their horns in ports at 1200 noon.

The initiative called #ShoutOutForSeafarers is made in honour of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) international ‘Day of the Seafarer’ to remind the world about the important role of all, more than 1.6 million seafarers around the world.

The operator is one of the largest ferry companies with more than 4.300 employees, currently operating 37 vessels on 17 ferry routes in the Baltic Sea, Scandinavica, North Sea and the Irish Sea.

”As part of our vision to connect Europe for a sustainable future, we have continued to sail throughout the whole pandemic, to keep vital supply lines open. We have transported millions of tonnes of goods such as medicines and equipment for healthcare, as well as fresh food and drinks. But, we have also connected people, for essential travel and now when societies are opening up we will reconnect families and friends again after many months apart" said Ian Hampton, Chief People, Communications and Fleet Operations Officer

He added "We want to highlight the important work undertaken 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by our key workers, the seafarers onboard our vessels, by participating in this great initiative”

Read more about the #shoutoutforseafarers initiative click here.

The sound of the horn from the leadship of E-Flexer next generation ferries, Stena Estrid sailing on the Irish Sea can be downloaded this link.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 17 routes in Northern Europe operating 25,000 sailings each year. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line has 4,300 employees and an annual turnover of 14 billion SEK.

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