Campaigning

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

That’s why we coordinate Seafarers Awareness Week every year. In 2020 Seafarers Awareness Week will be 6-12 July – coinciding with the Department for Transport’s Maritime Safety Week – when Seafarers UK together with other organisations will promote ‘Seafarers Safety’ and identify opportunities to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities.

Seafarers UK launched our ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign in 2015. Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence as an ‘island nation’ on seafarers past, present and future, this campaign encourages public bodies and businesses on 3 September to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – ashore atop civic and corporate 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 whole UK maritime sector, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries – for whom our CEO Catherine Spencer emphasises the vital role of seafarers and chairs the ‘Maritime Careers Taskforce‘.

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

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