As an island nation the UK is heavily dependent on our maritime industry. Over 90% of imports arrive here by sea. Yet most people are completely unaware of the world of shipping and the seafarers who work in it!
Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by the charity Seafarers UK. Held in June, the week aims to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers, the men and women who earn their living working on ships and boats of all shapes and sizes.
Over the last two years, we have produced free KS1 materials in partnership with Fyffes, showing the sea-going journey of a banana from faraway to the UK.
Teachers and schools have been able to request printed and digital materials for use in classrooms and book bags. Over 20,000 children have now taken part in the educational campaign.


Primary schools were invited to organise a maritime/nautical Dress Up Day to show their support for seafarers and Seafarers Awareness Week.
This was to raise awareness, and we’ve seen some fantastic pictures from our last two competitions!


Thank you to all schools that took part in our 2017 competition. Our winner is Hudson Road Primary School – congratulations!