Seafarers Awareness Week

16th April 2013

Seafarers UK, the leading charity for the UK’s maritime community has announced that the Annual Seafarers Awareness Week will run from 24th/30th June this year.  This campaign is primarily aimed at raising the awareness of the UK’s dependence on seafarers.

As an island nation, the UK is dependent upon the maritime industry for its survival.  Some important points are:

*95% of UK imports by (volume) are carried by ship

*75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports

* half the food we eat in the UK is imported, most of which comes by sea

*733,800 jobs in the UK maritime sector spread across ports, shipping and maritime business

*Sea fishing is the most dangerous civilian job in the UK

The Port of Inverness fully supports this campaign.  Chief Executive Sinclair Browne says, “Inverness Harbour Trust fully endorses the Seafarers Awareness Week as it is important to highlight to the general public the importance of the maritime industry is to the UK economy.  Shipping and ports are at the centre of the UK economy and it is vital that this message is conveyed clearly to the general public. The port in Inverness is one of the city’s oldest businesses and it continues to play a vital role in the ecomonic wellbeing not only of the city but the wider Highland Area as well.”