A single featuring a global virtual choir, including voices of Nautilus Mariners' Park residents, was released on Day of the Seafarer to raise money for maritime charities supporting seafarers in the pandemic.
International legal and professional services firm Ince released the record in support of the Sing for Seafarers campaign, with their global virtual choir's recording of Rod Stewart's classic 'Sailing'. Funds raised will go to four international maritime charities: Mission to Seafarers, Sailors' Society, Stella Maris and The Seafarers' Charity.
The single was recorded in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich and with the support of British-born record producer George Shilling and Cypriot film director Athena Xenidou.
The music video - directed and produced by Athena Xenidou - showcases the work and activities that seafarers carry out at sea, while also highlighting their stories and struggles during the pandemic. The single is also available for purchase on all main media platforms – including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. More information on where to download can be found on the record's dedicated Virgin Giving page,where further donations which go directly to the charities can still be made.
The members of the international choir hail from all four corners of the world and include: seafarers currently on board vessels in the China seas and beyond and at home; employees from Royal Museums Greenwich recording on the historic Cutty Sark; crewing companies from Europe; marine investigators from the US; retired mariners from Nautilus's Mariners' Park on the Wirral in the UK (where they even set up a Covid-secure recording booth); two primary schools in Bristol; members from The Watch Ashore and Hong Kong Women's Choir; as well as Ince employees from all over their global office network including Dubai, Gibraltar, Hamburg and Singapore.
The single also aims to gain more support for the IMO's Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change, of which Ince is a signatory.
Global senior partner at Ince Julian Clark commented: 'Our singing of "Sailing" aims to give voice to the unsung heroes of the pandemic and raise awareness of their situation and their crucial role in the shipping sector, international trade and the global supply chain. We can show nothing but admiration for our workers of the sea, who are the heartbeat of shipping.'