So what’s the sea ever done for us? – new video made by school children

On the eve of Seafarers Awareness Week (21-29 June), six pupils at The Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire are revealing answers to the question ‘so what’s the sea ever done for us?’ in a new video on YouTube.

Annaleise Donovan-Lowe, Sam Lodge, James Brace, Daanyaal Khan, Ella Vennik and Rob Chandler were encouraged by their Geography Teacher Carol Parfitt to discover why the UK as an island nation is so dependent on shipping and seafarers.

They visited the Port of Southampton and made a film about what they learned – see http://www.youtube.com/user/SeafarersAwareness

Associated British Ports in Southampton welcomed the pupils and arranged interviews with the Port Manager Clive Thomas; Deputy Harbour Master Ray Blair; Ray Facey, Commercial Manager at Solent Stevedores; Hanif Brora, Head of Port Operations and Safety; and Adam Sharp from Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Port Manager Clive Thomas said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the exceptional group of students from The Mountbatten School to the Port of Southampton. The UK relies on its ports and seafarers to provide so much of what we take for granted on a daily basis. ABP Southampton were very pleased to be part of the short film and help raise awareness of the role of seafarers and the charity work undertaken by Seafarers UK, that is indeed invaluable. The students should be very proud of the finished film. They are excellent ambassadors for their school.’

The pupils also met cadets from Warsash Maritime Academy, who explained what appealed to them about training for a career working at sea.

Commissioned by Seafarers UK, the charity for the maritime community that promotes Seafarers Awareness Week every year, the 12-minute film was funded by the Maritime Educational Foundation.

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Further media information is available from Nick Harvey at Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588, email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org

Photo caption

Annaleise Donovan-Lowe, Sam Lodge, James Brace, Daanyaal Khan, Ella Vennik and Rob Chandler with teacher Carol Parfitt from The Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire. Photo credit: ABP Southampton

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