May 2017 Issue Day of the SEAFarer

Judges and other officers of the court must recognize their personal and collective duty to uphold the highest standards of conduct in order to restore public confidence in the judicial system. Judges are human beings and they are bound to make mistakes for varied reasons, not to make hue and cry on this but for early corrective remedial actions. For the ordinary folk who come into contact with the law, the court environment can be intimidating, partly because they would not be familiar with legal protocol and the issues surrounding the conduct of a court case. It’s therefore, necessary for all judicial officers, ( Judges and other officers of the court and qualified lawyers as well, whether practicing in courts or not to demonstrate respect for the law and the persons brought before the court, helping to guide litigants and accused through the process. This is one way of maintaining the public’s confidence in the administration of justice.

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The world’s seaborne trade accounts for around 90% of the global trade.

Without shipping, there would be no global trade and the world would not be as close as it is now or as small as it is now in terms of movement of goods from one place to the other.

Over the years the seaborne trade has grown exponentially bringing along with it many benefits for businesses, consumers and the economies of the world.

As of 2016, the world fleet (number of registered commercial ships over 100 tons DWT – Dead Weight Tonnage) stood at Ships = 49,223 ships

DWT (Dead Weight Tonnage) = 1,791,584,400 tons (that’s One Billion, Seven Hundred Ninety-one Million, Five Hundred Eighty-four Thousand, Four Hundred tons if you have to write in words) Take a moment and let these numbers sink in.

The people that are responsible for maintaining, running and operating the above mentioned ships and tonnage are SEAFARERS. As per Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the world fleet provides approximately 1,545,000 jobs for seafarers in international shipping.

Seafarers leave their homes and families, often for long periods to ensure that the essential items and commodities on which our lives depend, arrive safely at our homes.

Every year on the 25th of June the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) celebrates DAY OF THE SEAFARER (DotS as it has come to be known) to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole and to let the world know how and why #SeafarersMatter and are indispensable to everyone.

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