Christmas at sea
As another year races to an end and Christmas draws nigh, I know for many seafarers it will mean a time far away from home and the delights of a festive period spent with friends and loved ones.
In my own foreign going career, I spent a few Christmases in foreign climes, far away from my home in Keith, Banffshire in Scotland. Despite the tremendous efforts onboard to make the day a special one, it was at these times that the sadness of separation was felt most strongly. It is for that reason that each year on Christmas Day, and also as the bells ring to bring in a new year, that I raise a glass to seafarers around the world who are far from home and family keep international trade running smoothly. Well over 90% of our imports and exports still move by sea and yet I am continually taken aback by the lack of public awareness as to the role of the Merchant Navy, its achievements in the past in times of peace and war, its relevance and importance now and its continuing vital role in the future of this maritime nation.
In the pages of Sea Breezes each month we seek to give a mix of current industry news, features on the various sectors of our industry, stories from the past, and reports on possible future trends. During the course of 2014, we have, as always, shared some lively dialogue covering a range of subjects. While I have the privilege of expressing my personal views in “Message From The Bridge“ each month, I do realise that these opinions will not always be shared by our readers. However, debate and discussion are always healthy, and I believe we all share a respect and admiration for the men and women who still choose a seafaring career.
At this time of year my thanks go to all our regular contributors and also to our many readers from around the world who send their fascinating stories in. The Sea Breezes team greatly value and thank all our readers for their support throughout the year. To you and yours we send our best wishes for a very peaceful and happy festive period.HAMISH ROSS, EDITOR