This September, the maritime industry once again celebrated London International Shipping Week. This biannual event gives maritime institutions the opportunity to share, promote and collaborate with stakeholders, clients and potential customers.
This year felt extra special as the week of events allowed the maritime community to once again engage in face to face contact after a long and frustrating period of virtual handshakes.
Marine Society looked to attract the next generation of seafarers and maritime professionals by exhibiting at Maritime UK’s careers and jobs fair on board the HQS Wellington, home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners on the Thames,
The two day event targeted school age young people and adult jobseekers and was accessible both in person and via livestream with regular Q&A panels for those online. It was also a chance to network with other exhibitors and renew old acquaintances.
Marine society also co-presented at two other key events during the week. Its’ Coming Ashore programme was showcased at a Nautilus International event sponsored by Maritime London. Over 150 seafarers viewed the seminar and were able to post questions to a panel of industry professionals that included Steve Cameron, one of Marine Society’s Coming Ashore mentors.
The charity was also invited to present at an educational showcase hosted by Maritime UK in the impressive offices of Clarksons Platou. This provided a great opportunity to promote the new level 3 diploma in maritime studies that Marine Society developed and now delivers to prospective entrants to commercial shipping ashore. Again, a large online audience attended thanks to the video conferencing technology that has become ubiquitous since the pandemic.
The final event of the week was the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards held at Anfield, Liverpool. Marine Society’s very own Tom Saunders was shortlisted for apprentice of the year award although narrowly missed out to the Royal Navy candidate.