Seafarers Awareness Week

Seafarers UK coordinates and promotes Seafarers Awareness Week in June each year, to coincide with the International Maritime Organization’s global ‘Day of the Seafarer’.

The UK has always been heavily dependent on a thriving maritime industry. An estimated 95% of imports come to our ‘island nation’ by ship, including much of our everyday food and fuel. Yet many people are completely unaware of the world of shipping, the seafarers who work in it, and the essential role of our sea ports – more than any other European country.

Each year we focus on a fresh theme for Seafarers Awareness Week. In 2018 (23-30 June) we will be promoting UK maritime employment opportunities, including shore-based jobs, with an emphasis on engineering – one sector in which the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy are currently struggling to recruit people. 2018 has been designated ‘Year of Engineering’ by the UK Government.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email nick.harvey@seafarers.uk, phone 020 7932 5969.