- 2nd May 2017
Seafarers Awareness Week returns
Next month (June 24-30) sees the return of Seafarers Awareness Week, now in its 7th year.
The campaign, led by Seafarers UK, focuses on promoting maritime career opportunities at sea and ashore. This year’s themes are ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’.
Seafarers Awareness Week provides a platform for national and regional promotions and events intended to engage media and raise public awareness.
Addressing the official Seafarers Awareness Week launch event at sponsor Inmarsat’s London HQ, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK, emphasised that there is reason for optimism following the UK Maritime Growth Study recommendations and Maritime UK becoming the promotional body for the whole UK maritime industry, bringing together for the first time shipping, ports, marine and business service sectors.
Infographic courtesy of Seafarers UK.
Said Commodore Bryant: “Our island nation is dependent on a diverse range of seafarers:
- Fishers, deep sea, offshore, and nowadays including those who take to the sea to farm fish
- Skilled workboat skippers and crews, whose services are in high demand in growth areas such as offshore wind power
- Maritime pilots and harbourmasters, providing an essential link between land and sea
- Merchant Navy Officers and Ratings on cruise ships, where the huge number of hospitality workers are now also counted as seafarers
- Superyacht captains and crew members, where our seafarers are a vital part of the UK’s success story in that most buoyant of maritime markets
- And finally let’s not forget that the UK and London in particular has a huge requirement for maritime professional expertise, in law, finance, broking and insurance – these professions need high quality British Master Mariners”
“So when we talk about promoting Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore, and Sea Ports for Prosperity, we see many diverse employment opportunities for men and women, especially talented young people, beyond our traditional Merchant Navy.”
“We believe it is good for the whole UK maritime world to benefit from raised public awareness of the contribution we collectively make to the UK economy. To do this we will disseminate positive messages about newsworthy maritime activities, from public events and school visits to ports, to college open days and other sources of information about maritime and marine job opportunities.”
Navis Consulting are proud to support Seafarers Awareness Week, being a staunch supporter of Seafarers UK with our Head of Seagoing & Offshore fundraising for the charity just last weekend by running the London Marathon. You can read his experience of the 26.2 mile run here.