Seafarers Awareness Week
The UK has always been heavily dependent on a thriving maritime industry. An estimated 95% of imports come to our ‘island nation’ by ship, including much of our everyday food and fuel. Yet many people are completely unaware of the world of shipping, the seafarers who work in it, and the essential role of our sea ports – more than any other European country.
Each year Maritime UK member - Seafarers UK - focus on a fresh theme for Seafarers Awareness Week. In 2018 (23-30 June) we will be promoting UK maritime employment opportunities, including shore-based jobs, with an emphasis on engineering – one sector in which the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Merchant Navy are currently struggling to recruit people. 2018 has been designated ‘Year of Engineering’ by the UK Government.