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Will you be flying a Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day on 3 September?

If you would like to show your appreciation for our Merchant Navy seafarers – past, present and future – please arrange to fly a Red Ensign ashore on Merchant Navy Day, Monday 3 September.

Now in its fourth year, Seafarers UK’s campaign to raise awareness of our island nation’s dependence on seafarers and shipping will see the British Merchant Navy’s official flag flying atop civic and historic buildings across the UK and on flagpoles in prominent public locations.

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Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’

Employers of maritime and marine engineers urged to make the most of ‘The Year of Engineering 2018’, a Government-led initiative to tackle a major skills gap and inspire the engineers of tomorrow.

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched.

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Seafarers Awareness Week 2018 Dates Confirmed

Seafarers Awareness Week (SAW) will be 23-30 June in 2018, the co-ordinating charity Seafarers UK has confirmed. It will embrace the IMO’s ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on 25 June.

The main promotional theme for SAW will be ‘Maritime Industry Jobs’ – at sea and ashore – with an emphasis on engineering, to coincide with the Government’s ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign

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London Poppy Day gets underway in bid to raise £1m in one day

2,000 collectors hit the capital’s streets in aid of the Poppy Appeal
London Poppy Day, the largest one-day street collection of its type in Europe was underway today, as 2,000 collectors including uniformed personnel, from the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Royal Air Force, veterans and supporters, hit the streets in a bid to raise £1m for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Collections took place at 68 tube stations and mainline stations across the city alongside performances by military bands at ten stations. The familiar voices of beloved Londoners Barbara Windsor and Shane Richie could be heard across the tube network encouraging Londoners to get into the spirit of the day and to give generously.

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‘Navigating Change – A Review of the UK Maritime Welfare Charity Sector’

Two-day ‘Supporting Seafarers’ conference coincided with launch of ten-year research report

Ten years on from the publication in 2007 of ‘Supporting Seafarers and their Families: Challenges for the Future’, a new report, ‘Navigating Change – A Review of the UK Maritime Welfare Charity Sector’ is being released at a major conference in London on 16-17 October.

Despite its huge scope, from small fishing vessels to large container ships, naval vessels and superyachts, the maritime welfare sector is one of the few industries to attempt to research and define the needs of its communities in order to better allocate charitable resources.

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New charity appointment aims to increase corporate and employee engagement in maritime

Mairéad Ní Cheóinín has been appointed to Seafarers UK as the charity’s new Corporate Fundraising Manager where her focus will be on engaging with the commercial maritime sector.

Mairéad brings a wealth of business development, marketing experience and industry knowledge to the position from her previous roles, working with Steamship Mutual P&I, TradeWinds, Informa PLC in London and the Irish Maritime Development Office in Dublin.

Mairéad joins the grant-giving, campaigning and fundraising charity at an exciting time, as it celebrates its Centenary and is looking ahead to the next phase of its future. Her role will be to raise awareness of Seafarers UK’s wider impact within the maritime charity sector.

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Supporting Seafarers & Their Families Conference 2017 

Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AX

16 & 17 October 2017

Over the past 18 months the Maritime Charities Group has commissioned research on the needs of our seafarers and their families and how the UK Maritime Charity Sector can best meet them now and in the future. The research has also focused on the current size and shape of our UK Maritime Charity Sector and our overall financial health. There are many challenges ahead and we look forward to sharing our findings with you on October 16th & 17th 2017.

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Seafarers UK calls on UK Government to make Merchant Navy Day ‘official’ across the UK

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, the Red Ensign will be flown ashore to raise awareness of our dependence as an island nation on our past, present and future Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Red Ensign has since 1854 been the official flag of the British Merchant Navy, flown on ‘UK-flagged’ vessels of all sizes, from workboats and superyachts to container ships, fuel tankers and cruise liners. 3 September in 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War when the merchant ship SS Athenia was torpedoed and sunk, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

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King George’s Fund for Sailors (Seafarers UK) to Celebrate 100th Birthday on 5 July

A charity set up in the midst of World War One to assist families of seafarers lost or injured at sea will be one hundred years old on 5 July.

Charting the charity’s history, a ‘Centenary Timeline’ – www.seafarers.uk/timeline – identifies milestone activities and the role of key individuals, including King George V who gave his name to what was originally known simply as the Sailors’ Fund.

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