It’s one of the big events in the UK’s maritime calendar and it’s coming round again. Organized by Seafarers UK, the top charity for seafarers, the Week reminds all of us in Britain just how important the sea and those who sail it are. By weight, 95% of everything we use comes to us by ship. Food, fuel, clothes, hi-fi, cars, toys, medicines, even Christmas decorations (one town in China supplies almost the entire world output of festive frills!) – all that and much much more comes to us over the sea. Which is why seafarers matter so much and why Seafarers UK are intent on making us recognize that, so they can raise funds to go on supporting all kinds of seafarers. So what Seafarers Awareness Week says is – thank you. We literally can’t do it – or anything – without you.