The celebration this evening follows the 2015 annual theme of ‘Seafarer’s UK’.
'Opportunities to work at sea’ highlights the prospects for employment in the UK’s Merchant Navy, including cargo vessels, cruise liners and superyachts, the Royal Navy and the nation’s fishing fleet. With shipping arguably the most important industry to the UK economy and global seaborne trade set to double in the next 20 years, there is an increasing shortage of seafarers across the world and a massive opportunity for jobs.
- Welcome: Mrs Christine Rankin MBE MNM, Chairman, South West Ports Welfare Committee
- Introduction – The UK’s interest in the sea: Paul Wright FNI, Visiting Fellow, Plymouth University Marine Institute
- The fishing industry – the last of the hunter gatherers: Commodore David Dickens CBE RN, CEO and Chief Operating Officer Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen
- Royal Navy – protectors of the sea: Lt Mark Keyworth, Training Group Officer Royal Navy, HMS Raleigh
- Commercial activities – the need for trained persons: Captain Robert Hone MNI, Lecturer in Navigation and Marine Studies, Plymouth University
- Recognising our seafarers - The MN Memorial Appeal: Paul Willerton FNI, Secretary Memorial Steering Committee
- Conclusion and thanks to speakers
- Networking opportunity