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City MP pays tribute to the Merchant Navy on Merchant Navy Day for its historic and continued efforts

Stephen Morgan MP has marked Merchant Navy Day by paying tribute to the Merchant Navy for its historic and continued contribution to the UK and its operations around the world.

The Merchant Navy is the collective term for commercial shipping and includes a variety of vessels from cruise ships to tankers and cargo ships of all description.

According to the charity Seafarers UK, the maritime community charity, merchant seafarers are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports, including almost half of the food we eat, much of the fuel we use, and virtually all the products and goods we tend to take for granted.

Mr Morgan commented,

“The Merchant Navy has played a critical role in our nation’s history, from keeping us going through both world wars, to today in continuing to support our overseas trade around the world.

“Today on Merchant Navy Day it’s important we recognise and pay thanks to our Merchant Navy for all that they do and ensure that their efforts are never taken for granted.”

Seafarers UK are campaigning for the fifth year running for the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – to be flown on 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles. Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils were all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments.

The Portsmouth South MP added,

“I’m proud to support Seafarers UK’s campaign to encourage the Red Ensign to be proudly flown from civic buildings and landmarks across our country – including in Portsmouth.

“It’s crucial the efforts of our Merchant Navy are understood and recognised by communities throughout our nation, and it’s why I’m delighted to be supporting this brilliant initiative that plays a part in doing just that.”