The situation in the world, over the last almost two years, has further emphasized the importance of the individual in our community. This year’s theme of the World Maritime Day – “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future” – got us thinking about individuals beyond the pandemic.
Today, August 26, 2021, we are celebrating Baltic Sea Day, when we want to spread information about the serious situation in the Baltic Sea together with other participants and do our part for the sake of the well-being of the Baltic Sea.
The IMO 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign extends its encouragement for governments to support seafarers amid the pandemic, and calls for a fair future for seafarers. We at RABN fully support this, as the pandemic has been extremely strenuous for our crews everywhere. As we’re progressing toward the new normal, we offer our thanks to our crew members for their devotion and actions during these uncertain times.
The Saimaa Canal, spanning 43 kilometers, is a crucial freight gateway to and from Eastern Finland. It connects Finland’s largest freshwater lake with the Baltic Sea, and an excess of 1 million tonnes of freight is transported through it to Central Europe each year.