Seafarers UK launches this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week

Seafarers UK has launched this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week (24th to 30th June 2017) campaign, focusing on promoting maritime career opportunities at sea and ashore. Addressing the official Seafarers Awareness Week launch event at sponsor Inmarsat’s London HQ, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK, said that there was cause 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.

He noted that the UK, and London in particular, had a huge requirement for maritime professional expertise, in law, finance, broking and insurance. Those 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”, he said.

Bryant noted: “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. Seafarers Awareness Week is a solid platform on which just about any positive news, campaign or PR activity can be promoted to a media audience that goes far beyond the maritime trade press.”