A film about the sea and seafarers made at the UK port of Southampton by secondary school pupils has attracted more than 1,000 views on YouTube.
What's the Sea done for us? is an 11-minute video made by six pupils at the Mountbatten School in Hampshire, who were encouraged by their geography teacher, Carol Parfitt, to discover why the UK, as an island nation is so dependent on shipping and seafarers. It shows seafarers in their day-to-day workings at the port, and features cruiseships, containerships, bulk carriers and car transporters.
The film includes interviews with 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. The pupils also met cadets from Warsash Maritime Academy, who explained what appealed to them about training for a career working at sea.
The film was commissioned by Seafarers UK to mark Seafarers Awareness Week (21-29 June 2014) — and was funded by Nautilus-backed charity Maritime Educational Foundation.
Seafarers Awareness Week is the annual campaign coordinated and promoted by Seafarers UK — the charity that supports the maritime community — to raise awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers. Members can read more about the MEF in the June back issue of the Telegraph.