Here's a message from Ian Murphy, curator of maritime history and deputy head of Merseyside Maritime Museum, about why today is a significant day for seafarers.
"Today is World Maritime Day. Every year the United Nation's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) hold this day to focus on the importance of maritime safety, security and the environment. This year is also the IMO's Year of the Seafarer when the organisation pays tribute to the vital role they play in today's global economy.
The year has been an opportunity to promote training and welfare as well as encouraging a new generation of seafarers through the 'Go To Sea!' campaign. You can find out more on the International Maritime Organisation website."