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September 2019

Dear Supporter,

We're pleased to share news that Seafarers UK has won the STEM Award at the first national Maritime UK Awards held last week, for our ‘Marine Engineering Pathway’ project, delivered in partnership with Sea Cadets! Read more about the awards below, and on our website

In this newsletter you will also find updates from this year's London International Shipping Week, details on how you can register to attend this year's Annual National Service for Seafarers, take part in our challenge events, and more information about our most successful Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day campaign to-date!

Best wishes,

Laura Gineitaite, Editor

Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day

Thanks to effective campaigning by Seafarers UK and the active participation of Merchant Navy Association members, on 3 September, Red Ensigns were flown at more than one thousand locations ashore across the UK. Even the Prime Minister got involved! Boris Johnson wrote: ‘2019 marks the centenary of King George V’s grant of the title ‘Merchant Navy’. I am delighted that, in honour of this milestone, the Red Ensign flag will fly above 10 Downing Street on this Merchant Navy Day.’ Find out more about the campaign.

Seafarers UK in the limelight at Maritime UK National Awards

Seafarers UK has won the STEM Award at the first national Maritime UK Awards event, held in Southampton on Thursday 19 September. The award was for our Marine Engineering Pathway project, delivered in partnership with Sea Cadets. Read more about the gala evening, award and collaboration.

Successful Seafarers’ Welfare Conference at London International Shipping Week

How do we help the seafarer of the future? This was the question at the centre of discussions at a successful conference on 11 September about ‘The Impact of Technology on Crew Wellbeing’. The event was attended by over 240 delegates from various organisations within the maritime industries. Read more.

Maritime Careers Promotion supported by Department for Transport

During London International Shipping Week, 9-13 September, the Department for Transport announced a grant of £250,000 to build on the achievements of the Maritime Careers Promotion Forum, chaired by Seafarers UK CEO Catherine Spencer. This will enable Maritime UK to grow its secretariat to include a dedicated Careers Promotion and Outreach Manager, with new print and digital resources to be produced. Learn more.

Annual National Service for Seafarers, 9 October

The Annual National Service for Seafarers is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate all seafarers from across the maritime profession, alongside representatives of all sectors of the seafaring community. Find out more about the event and register for your free tickets. Limited tickets available. Registration closes midday Monday 30 September.

Starting to think about setting yourself a new challenge for next year, or know someone who is? Why not get a band of colleagues or friends together and enter a team into our famous 24 Peaks Challenge 4-5 July 2020, or take up one of our highly sought after Virgin Money London Marathon charity places next April? Join Team Seafarers UK and support our charity with every mile. Drop an email to to find out more.