Merchant Navy Day


Today we mark the fourteenth Merchant Navy Day, set up in 2000 to remember Merchant Navy seafarers fallen in service and also to look ahead to the future of shipping in the UK.

UK Chamber Director-General Brownrigg said:

"On Merchant Navy Day we remember and pay tribute to seafarers who have lost their lives in service. More than 20,000 merchant seafarers lost their lives in World War Two alone, in service for their country’s survival and liberty. We owe them our gratitude.

"Today we can also look ahead and celebrate the UK’s success as a maritime nation – as this year, the Merchant Navy Day Service on Sunday 8 September precedes the start of London International Shipping Week the next day - which will focus on London’s vital role in the positive development of global shipping and celebrate its contribution to UK economy and employment."


Notes to Editors

About the UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association for the UK shipping industry, working to promote and protect the interests of its members both nationally and internationally. With around 140 members from across the maritime sector, the UK Chamber represents over 925 ships of about 30 million gross tons and is recognised as the voice of the UK shipping industry. 

  • UK shipping has a turnover of over £11bn. With indirect effects, UK shipping’s contribution to UK GDP is £13bn.
  • The UK Chamber is the home of the Merchant Navy Training Board - the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing seafarer education, training and skills, and provides MNTB administration and staffing arrangements.
  • The UK Chamber is a member of Maritime UK, which brings together the major associations representing the UK’s the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors. 
  • The UK Chamber is a lead partner in Sea Vision, the nationwide campaign working to raise awareness of the sea and the maritime sector, particularly amongst young people aged between 13 and 22 years old.

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