Seafarers UK is always keen to raise our own profile, to help increase income from individuals, corporates, trusts and foundations.

We also seek to raise awareness of the maritime welfare sector in its entirety – and thereby increase public understanding of the challenging lives of many seafarers. Only then will more people begin to appreciate why it is so important to support seafarers in need and their dependants, but also to encourage UK nationals – especially young people – to consider working or serving at sea.

That’s why Seafarers UK coordinates and promotes Seafarers Awareness Week in June every year, timed to coincide with the International Maritime Organization’s worldwide ‘Day of the Seafarer’. Next year Seafarers Awareness Week will be 23-30 June, when Seafarers UK will continue the promotion of maritime employment opportunities, including include shore-based jobs, but in 2018 with an emphasis on engineering.

Seafarers UK launched the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign in 2015. Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ‘island nation’ dependence on seafarers, this campaign invited selected local authorities to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – atop public buildings and prominent flag poles on 3 September. This year all Parish, Town and Community Councils have been invited to take part, in addition to larger Local Authorities and other owners of public and historic properties with flagpoles.

The charity’s considerable influence is also being used elsewhere for campaigning, as Seafarers UK contributed to the Maritime Growth Study (MGS), chaired by Seafarers UK Trustee, ex-City of London Lord Mayor Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans. Of the Maritime Growth Study’s 18 main recommendations, nine related to skills and training.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email, phone 020 7932 5969.

In 2018 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 23-30 June