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, and 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’. In 2017 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 24-30 June, when we will be extending the promotion of maritime employment opportunities to include shore-based jobs. We will also be publicising ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, encouraging port owners and operators to actively promote their essential contribution to the national economy.
In 2015 Seafarers UK – with the support of the Merchant Navy Association – launched the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign. 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 flagstaffs on 3 September. This year all Parish, Town and Community Councils are being invited to take part.
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. Seafarers UK continues to work closely with other organisations that represent the development of seafaring people as the MGS recommendations are being implemented.
Seavision is one organisation that has an important role to play in promoting maritime and marine careers. At the suggestion of lead stakeholder Seafarers UK, Seavision has developed its ‘Career Navigator’ web portal to be a ‘one stop shop’ for information on a wide range of job opportunities at sea and ashore.
For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 020 7932 5969.
In 2017 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 24-30 June