Julian Clark Global Senior Partner
Ince releases cover of iconic single ‘Sailing’ by global virtual choir on Day of the Seafarer to raise funds for maritime charities
Today, we have released our global virtual choir’s recording of Rod Stewart’s single ‘Sailing’, in support of the “Sing for Seafarers’” campaign. The single will raise funds for four of the world’s leading maritime charities: The Mission to Seafarers, Sailors’ Society, Stella Maris and The Seafarers’ Charity.
The single will be available for purchase on all main media platforms - including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. We have also released a music video, which showcases the work and activities that seafarers carry out at sea, whilst highlighting their stories and struggles of the pandemic, which can be watched on Youtube.
All proceeds from the sale of the single and donations to the project's fundraising page will be split equally among the four charities. To support the campaign, you can donate on our Virgin Money Giving page.
The members of the international choir have joined 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 mariner park on the Wirral (England) (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 band includes Global Senior Partner at Ince, Julian Clark recording upon HMS Monmouth, Regulatory Solutions Partner, Alex Ktorides playing bass, and Chilean maritime lawyer Ricardo Rozas.
In addition to the charitable cause to support organisations that are directly helping seafarers amid a tremendously challenging time for the profession, 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. The Declaration calls on government bodies to take urgent action to recognise seafarers as key workers and give them priority access to COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the establishment and implementation of standard health protocols that can be universally adopted to ensure safe crew changes.