InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management sector, is giving its support to this week’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20-28 June), co-ordinated by Seafarers UK.
“Opportunities to Work at Sea” is the theme, aiming to raise awareness of the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people.
The shipping industry employs 1.5 million seafarers worldwide. Seafarers Awareness Week highlights the vital role seafarers play in the global economy.
This year’s theme also complements the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) “Day of the Seafarer” (25 June) and World Maritime Day (24 September), which will both focus on maritime education and working at sea. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has stated that maritime education and training are “essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on shore”.
Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, said: “With so many opportunities, including in growth areas such as cruise ships, superyachts and renewable energy developments, it is paramount we ensure that the next generation views working at sea as a viable and exciting career option too.”