WHY CAME BY SHIP?
WISTA UK established the Came by Ship campaign as part of its 40th Anniversary events to inform people about how valuable and vital to the UK economy the maritime industry is. In a world of almost instant communication we often forget or don’t even know about how vital shipping is to just about every aspect of our economy. This country is an island nation and for centuries shipping has been our lifeblood.
The Came by Ship campaign is also keen to promote the career opportunities that are available within the maritime, shipping and associated sectors, especially the opportunities at entry level. WISTA UK offers a mentoring programme for females within the sectors.
WITHOUT SHIPS WHERE WOULD THE UK BE?
More than 90% of all goods that come into the UK arrive by ship and without the maritime industry the UK economy would be in choppy waters.
The amount of seaborne trade is set to double by 2030. 113,000 UK people are directly employed in the sector and this grows to 240,000 if you add ports, shipping and business services. The Department for Transport forecasts a shortfall of around 3,500 trained UK Deck and Engineer Officers at sea by 2021 and these are needed not just at sea, but in the service sector, where qualified seafarers will continue to be in demand.
The maritime industry is made up of different businesses which relate to the transportation of goods and people over major waterways, including cargo shippers, cruise lines, ferries, shipbuilders, military operations and more. Merchant shipping is the lifeblood of the world economy. It is estimated that there are 50,421 commercial ships worldwide. They operate on the high seas, as well as on short sea voyages or cabotage, and on fresh water on lakes, rivers and canals.