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Welcome to Seafarers Awareness Week

Seafarers Awareness Week (21-29 June in 2014) is the annual campaign coordinated by Seafarers UK - the charity that's supporting the maritime community - to raise awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers.
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In 2013 Seafarers UK gave grants of £2.5 million to 84 charities that help seafarers, their families and dependants, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

With the support of many other organisations Seafarers UK promotes Seafarers Awareness Week to highlight:
  • 95% of UK imports (by volume) are carried by ship
  • 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports
  • Almost half the food we eat in the UK is imported, 95% of which comes by sea
  • Sea-borne liquefied natural gas (LNG) meets 35% of the UK's energy requirement.
As the number of British men and women employed in traditional seafaring roles gradually declines, opportunities to work at sea are increasing in growth areas, including cruise ships and superyachts; fish-farming and shell fishing; plus wind, wave and tidal power projects.

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