Seafarers Awareness Week to Focus on ‘Seafarers Safety’

December 2, 2019

This exciting new theme for 2020 reflects Seafarers UK’s Royal Charter Object ‘The Promotion of Safety at Sea’.

It has been well received by a wide range of potential participants, including the Department for Transport that has agreed to shift its annual ‘Maritime Safety Week’ to coincide with Seafarers Awareness Week.

Seafarers UK intends to secure funding to commission research that will reveal the causes of accidents and fatalities, affecting seafarers of all nationalities, with an emphasis on the men and women who work on-board merchant vessels:

  • Cruise ships
  • Passenger ferries
  • Freight ferries
  • Cargo ships
  • Container ships
  • Tankers
  • Workboats
  • Commercial yachts (aka ‘superyachts’).

The charity will then raise awareness – within and beyond the maritime industry – of steps that employers and seafarers should take to highlight hazards, reduce risks and improve safety at work, including enhanced training.

The change Seafarers UK is seeking is a significant reduction in the number of life-changing injuries and deaths.

Further information is available from Nick Harvey, Seafarers UK’s Campaigns Manager, email nick.harvey@seafarers.uk, phone 020 7932 5969.