Since 1917 King George’s Fund for Sailors – now better known as Seafarers UK – has campaigned on behalf of seafarers, across the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Fishing Fleets.

That’s why we coordinate Seafarers Awareness Week every year. In 2019 Seafarers Awareness Week was 8-14 July, when Seafarers UK focused on raising public awareness of the UK’s vital commercial fishing industry

Seafarers UK launched our ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign in 2015. Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s dependence as an ‘island nation’ on seafarers past, present and future, this campaign encourages public bodies on 3 September to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – ashore atop civic buildings and on prominent flag poles.

The charity’s influence is also being applied elsewhere for effective campaigning. Seafarers UK is a member of Maritime UK – the umbrella body for the maritime sector, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries – for whom our CEO Catherine Spencer chairs the ‘Maritime Careers Taskforce‘.

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

In 2020 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 6-12 July, culminating on Sea Sunday