In honor of 2012’s Day of The Seafarer, the International Maritime Organization has started a viral campaign asking people around the world to use social media to highlight just how important seafarers are to the world.

In order to do so, IMO encourages you to:

To help celebrate, here are gCaptain’s picks for top five #thankyouseafarer videos in no particular order:

How containerization shaped the modern world is really what started it all. #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn7IoT_WSRA[/youtube]

Piracy Survivor is the story of how one seafarer overcame the challenges of being held captive by Somali pirates and turned his traumatic experience into a positive one by helping others who are going through the same experience. #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO8ioWftL5w[/youtube]

On December 2, 2010, the CMA CGM La Scala container ship came across a capsized catamaran in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, leading to the successful rescue of 4 distressed mariners. Every 33 hours a seafarer on an Amver ship is saving a life somewhere in the world and that makes you wonder how many rescues are done by non-Amver participating vessels.  What the video really highlights is how seafarers, no matter what, will drop everything in order to assist anyone in distress. #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpC3ueQnwpA[/youtube]

This video really highlights the conditions seafarers must endure in order to keep global commerce moving.  As they say; rain, sleet or snow… #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE_ri8PkihE[/youtube]

The Emma Maersk may no longer be the sole title holder for the largest ship in world, but at the time of her launch she pretty much redefined the meaning of ‘economies of scale’ and set the stage for future newbuild containerships.  Here she is at sea. #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oRlthTwEEM[/youtube]

HONORABLE MENTION:

Boatlift is an incredible story of 9/11 resilience about the impromptu response by mariners that led to the safe evacuation of thousands from lower of Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001. #thankyouseafarer

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg[/youtube]
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