Seafarers are the backbone of maritime in Fiji and the achievements of the industry is attributed to them says Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate while officiating at the International Seafarers Day celebration, held at the Fiji Maritime Academy in Suva.

Fiji has 91 female seafarers and the number slowly increasing.

The theme for this years International Seafarers Day is “I am on board with gender equality”.

Usamate says the shipping industry need to support women in maritime as the industry needs women to ensure sustainability.

International Seafarers day is recognised by the International Maritime Organisation and is celebrated to appreciate the work of seafarers all over the world.

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