Events Calendar

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Since 2010 Seafarers UK has coordinated and promoted Seafarers Awareness Week in June each year.

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 we 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.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email, phone 020 7932 5969.


June 25, 2018 is the Day of the Seafarer, an annual and international event day coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation. The Day is part of Seafarers Awareness Week in the UK, which runs from June 23rd-30th. Each annual Day of the Seafarer has a theme, the 2017 theme was ‘Seafarers Matter’.

The day recognises the unique and vital role of seafarers in the global community, and the United Nations recognise the Day of the Seafarer as an observance day.