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Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN


20 June 2023

With British seafarers directly employed by British ship owners now far fewer than in the heyday of Pax Britannica – because of the decline of British ship-owning – getting young people to think about a career at sea has become a real challenge. For all that, British seafaring skills and the training for those skills are highly rated, with courses such as those provided by Southampton Solent University (picture) attracting students from all over the world. The ships may often not be ours now, but UK maritime careers are still major opportunities. Much in demand: engineers. The RN went so far as to run a ‘Relive A Life Without Limits’ campaign, to attract departed RN engineers back into the navy. So how to encourage more young people to look at this golden opportunity? Step forward The Wellington Trust’s ‘Future Maritime Engineers’ project…

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About Rob

Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years of experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four-time award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with the Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995 when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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