Ships in Geraldton to toot horns in recognition of seafarers

Staff WritersGeraldton Guardian
File image of a cruise ship in Geraldton Port.
Camera IconFile image of a cruise ship in Geraldton Port. Credit: Adam Poulsen/The Geraldton Guardian

Ships in Geraldton will sound their horns at 12pm today in celebration of International Workers’ Day and the essential role of seafarers.

The initiative came after the International Chamber of Shipping called on ships in port around the world to sound their horns in recognition of the significant contribution made by maritime workers during this global coronavirus crisis.

Mid West Ports Authority chief executive Dr Rochelle Macdonald said recognising those who work hard to keep our country supplied was a privilege.

“It will be really wonderful to hear the ships sound their horns at midday on Friday in their honour,” she said.

Around the world, 1.2 million seafarers currently work to ensure that food, fuel and supplies continue to flow during the pandemic.

Minister for Ports, Alannah MacTiernan said in Western Australia ports and their workers play a key and important role in our economic recovery as supply chain enablers.

“It’s great to see WA’s regional ports coming together to get behind this initiative,” she said.

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