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Jun 01 2017
Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK, the charity that for over 100 years have been supporting the UK maritime community.
This year’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign focuses on promoting maritime career opportunities, both at sea and ashore, including in the UK’s thriving port industry.
The week-long campaign will provide a platform for national and regional promotions, as well as events intended to engage the media and raise public awareness, with individuals, businesses and organisations working together to raise the profile of jobs within the whole UK maritime industry, including seafaring.
At the official Seafarers Awareness Week launch event, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK, underlined that despite recent reports by the Department of Transport about declining UK seafarer numbers, there was a cause for optimism following the UK Maritime Growth Study recommendations and Maritime UK becoming the promotional body for the whole UK maritime industry, bringing together for the first time shipping, ports, marine and business service sectors.
Bryant said, “Our island nations is dependent on a diverse range of seafarers: fishers, deep sea, offshore, and nowadays including those who take to the sea to farm fish. Skilled workboat skippers and crews, whose services are om high demand in growth areas such as offshore wind power. Maritime pilots and harbourmasters, providing an essential link between land and sea.
Merchant Navy Officers and Ratings on cruise ships, where the huge number of hospitality workers are now also counted as seafarers. Superyacht Captains and Crew Members, where our seafarers are a vital part of the UK’s success story in that most buoyant of maritime markets.
Finally let’s not forget that the UK and London in particular has a huge requirement for maritime professional expertise, in law, finance, broking and insurance. Those professions need high quality British Master Mariners.
So when we talk about promoting Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore, and Sea Ports for Prosperity, we see many diverse employment opportunities for men and women, especially talented young people.
As an island nation, the UK has always depended on seafarers, shipping and the wider industry for our wellbeing.
95% of everything the UK imports comes by sea, including much of our food and the fuel that is delivered by ship, supplies power stations and propels our vehicles.
Exports too depend on our thriving ports industry, the biggest in Europe. Our sea ports and harbours are supported by buoyant logistics operations, offering employment at all levels.
Seafarers Awareness Week provides a fantastic opportunity to raise public awareness of the vital contribution sea ports, harbours and associated services make to the UK economy.
How to get involved