June 25, 2014: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has celebrated the "Day of the Seafarer" today by opening a new Seafarer Centre at Khalifa Port and distributing gifts as a sign of appreciation to seafarers on vessels.

Day of the Seafarer Abu Dhabi portsThe new Seafarer Centre is open to all seafarers visiting the port and is located on the secure sea side of the port island. A shuttle bus will operate between the Seafarer Centre and the quayside at regular intervals, making it easily accessible to all those on visiting ships.

The Seafarer Centre will offer hot food for eat in and take away, a duty free shop, a range of different gaming facilities, a quiet area to relax and most importantly an internet café and WIFI.

"The 'Day of the Seafarer' is a campaign to recognize the hard work of the 1.5 million seafarers around the world", said Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, and continued: "It's a perfect day to open our new Seafarer Centre, and to express our support of these unsung heroes of the sea."

As a further sign of appreciation and support, ADPC distributed more than 500 gift parcels, containing caps, t-shirts, sandals, shower gel, toothbrushes and toothpaste to seafarers (right) at Khalifa Port, Zayed Port and Mugharaq Port in the Western Region of the emirate.

The "Day of the Seafarer" is an annual campaign organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution.