MNTB celebrates its 70th anniversary


Shipping companies, colleges and unions turned out last night to celebrate seven decades of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s industry training body, the Merchant Navy Training Board at their new home in London Bridge.

A large turnout of people from across the industry raised a glass together in thanks for the work of the MNTB over its long history.

The MNTB’s story began in 1935, when it was founded as the Central Board for the Training of Officers in the Merchant Service. Since 1942, it has been known as the MNTB and has remained a constant authority on seafarer education and training, bringing together shipping companies, trade unions, maritime education and Government bodies, to fully meet the needs of seafarers.

Over the last decade, it has become equally well known for its industry careers role and the Careers at Sea brand.

UK Chamber President Helen Deeble made the first of six speeches on the night, praising the unique ability of the MNTB to match the needs of shipowners with high standards for seafarer training in the UK, and to champion clear pathways of career progression for those working at sea. She concluded:

“The MNTB is a core part of the UK Chamber. It works with us in our goal to champion and protect UK shipping – and crucially to ensure that shipping in the UK continues to operate in a competitive business environment with world class standards.”

Attendees also heard from Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA; Mark Dickinson, Secretary-General of Nautilus International; Steve Todd, National Secretary of the RMT; and Captain Nigel Palmer, MNTB Chairman 2000-2010.

Current MNTB Chairman, Commodore David Squire, rounded up the night by launching two new services – MNTB course recognition and Careers at Sea and Beyond. More information on both these initiatives can be found on the MNTB website.

Photos of the event are available on the UK Chamber's Flickr page.