​Flag hoisting to say ‘thank you seafarers’ on Merchant Navy Day

Tuesday 1 September 2015

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will host, in conjunction with the Port of Larne and P&O Ferries, a ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ Ceremony at the Port of Larne at 10am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Council will also fly the Red Ensign at its four main Council Offices to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Mid and East Antrim Borough  Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

The charity’s President, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: "On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy."

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September.