Georgian Black Sea resort city of Batumi celebrates Seafarer’s Day

A baby-boy wears maritime uniform on the Seafarer's Day celebrations in Batumi. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 13 Jul 2019 - 18:42, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Black Sea town of Batumi is celebrating the Day of Seafarer.

Batumi is home to Georgia’s State Maritime Academy, where thousands of young men and women learn practical skills that can be put to use while working on ships that spend months at sea.

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The Georgian Economy Minister Natia Turnava and the Chairman of the Government of Adjara Tornike Rijvadze awarded captains, seafarers and academy students for their contribution in developing the field of maritime in Georgia.

I want to again congratulate you on the Seafarer's Day and wish you good luck!" Rijvadze said in his remarks. 

He also said that  "we spare no efforts" to ensure that the Georgian seafarers have quality education and good jobs.

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Minister Turnava also thanked the seafarers for their contribution to the country's economic development. 

She said Georgian seafarers have the license to be employed on the ships of 50 countries, including 20 European states.

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Each year the international Day of Seafarer runs under different campaigns. This year's campaign promotes gender equality.

"Throughout 2019 there is a strong emphasis in the maritime world on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks", the International Maritime Organisation says.