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Day of the Seafarer

25 June of each year is the “Day of the Seafarer”, recognizing the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families. Day of the Seafarer
The Day of the Seafarer was first celebrated in 2011 and has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.
We want to show respect, recognition, and gratitude to seafarers everywhere. We want to raise awareness of the vital role that seafarers play in the world economy and, in many respects, in sustainable development, enabling ships to carry than 90% of world trade safely, efficiently and with minimal impact on the environment.
The Day of the Seafarer is also an opportunity to educate the public about issues facing the modern-day seafarer – issues such as piracy. But, most importantly, it is the occasion for us, the world, to say Thank you, seafarers.
If you would like to know more about the day and how to get involved please visit the IMO website HERE.

Your voyage – then and now, share your journey

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Robin at the end of his service 1999.

Every seafarer’s journey is different, but they all face similar challenges. For 2022, the campaign of the Day of the Seafarers, with the theme ‘Your voyage – then and now, share your journey’, look at seafarer voyages, what it includes and how has it evolved over time and what remains at the heart of seafarers’ reality.

AMI Marine decided to take this opportunity to speak to one of our longest serving team members about his experiences. Robin joined the Royal Navy as a young man and served 22 years, he joined AMI Marine in May 2008. We asked him about his time with the Royal Navy.

Why did you decide to join the Royal Navy in 1976?

Like many others I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps.

What impact did your fellow Royal Navy colleagues have on your life?

Huge, one colleague is Godfather to my daughter, and I have friends for life.

If you were 18 again, would you still choose to join the Royal Navy?

Yes, I would not hesitate.

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HMS Londonderry 1982

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HMS Raleigh 1976

What piece of technology we have today would you have benefitted from back when you were in the Navy?

A lot has changed but communication is a big one – Internet/Email for when seafarers are away on long deployments.

Other than your engineering skills, what other skills did you learn at sea?

Teamwork. But also, some silly drinking games… I will say no more.

What advice would you give to someone planning a career at sea?

Join a technical branch and learn a trade.

Then

Now

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HMS Londonderry 1982

Robin Testing the SMIDS Pro

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