- 16 November 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
According to seafarers professionals’ union Nautilus International, the UK relies on shipping and seafarers for 95% of everything we have – from clothes to food and fuel – brought to the UK by sea.
Nautilus International pointed out that shipping is an essential element for the import and export of affordable food and goods. The union represents 22,000 seafarers, and it has created an animated video reminding people of just how important this vital industry is to the island nation.
The Nautilus International animation shows that half the world would freeze due to a lack of fuel while supermarket shelves would be nearly empty if we were to lose our Merchant Navy. More than a quarter of a million jobs are supported by a buoyant maritime industry and these would be lost, as would its £11bn annual contribution to the UK economy.
In October Nautilus International launched a ten point charter that called on the UK government and maritime industry to secure the UK Merchant Navy’s future by delivering decent work and training opportunities for British seafarers. The union warned that a failure to protect the industry would jeopardise the country’s economic future and leave it ‘dangerously dependent’ on other countries for many essential goods.
Last month Nautilus International launched a 10-point charter calling on the UK Government and maritime industry to secure the UK’s maritime future by delivering decent work and training opportunities for British seafarers. It warned that a failure to protect the industry could put the nation’s economic security at risk and leave it ‘dangerously dependent’ on other countries for many essential goods.
Nautilus International’s General Secretary, Mark Dickinson, said: “Seafarers bring us 95 per cent of everything including what we consume, use and wear — not to mention those reliant on ferry services or going on cruise holidays. But because their work takes place beyond the horizon away from view, it’s easily forgotten just how much we rely on them.
“Our new animated video aims to remind people of what British mariners do and how those who go to sea for work still play a vital role for the UK as an island nation.”
Since 1975 the number of seafarers active in the UK has fallen by 75% and it now ranks 20th in the global rankings of ship registrations with just 0.8% of the world’s total tonnage. As a result the United Kingdom is in danger of losing its reputation as a global maritime leader.
View the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPLoJEJxXQE
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