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Seafarers Awareness Week is the annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK - the charity that supports the maritime community - to raise awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers.

Seafarers Awareness Week 2016 promoted UK maritime job opportunities, at sea and ashore. It also focused on increasing children's knowledge of the UK's historic and ongoing 'island nation' dependence on seafarers.

Business Minister Anna Soubry said: 'From apprenticeships in shipbuilding to research in offshore renewable energy, there is an ocean of opportunity out there for young people to get involved in the UK's world-leading maritime industry. Seafarers Awareness Week is a great chance to celebrate our rich maritime history, and to encourage the next generation to consider becoming a part of its exciting future.'

Building on the success of the previous year's awareness-raising campaign, Seafarers Awareness Week publicised helpful sources of employment information, including Careers at Sea, Seavision and the Maritime Skills Alliance.

A parallel promotion invited all UK primary schools to organise 'non uniform days', with children dressing up in nautically-inspired costumes. A new infographic - kindly sponsored by Fyffes - was created to appeal specifically to young children, showing how the UK relies on seafarers for vital overseas trade.

Reflecting the support provided by Seafarers UK to a diverse range of beneficiary charities, Seafarers Awareness Week was as usual a 'pan-maritime' campaign, promoting the Royal Navy, all branches of the Merchant Navy - inc. ferries and cruise ships - plus superyachts, workboats of all kinds and the UK's commercial fishing fleets.

The IMO's worldwide Day of the Seafarer and UK Armed Forces Day both fell on Saturday 25 June, the latter when opportunities to serve in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary were promoted.

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