Seafarers UK is calling on fellow members of the Maritime Charities Group to support the charity’s annual ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign.
With no public flag-hoisting ceremonies being encouraged this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity is asking organisations with flagpoles at head offices and other premises to fly a Red Ensign on 3 September.
Despite the wide-ranging impacts of the coronavirus, merchant seafarers have been keeping the UK supplied with food, fuel, medicines and other essential goods.
But despite being recognised by some governments as ‘keyworkers’, most seafarers are still prevented from disembarking in many ports on global trade routes.
Tens of thousands have been compelled to keep working after their contracts end, as replacement crews are unable to leave their home countries to start work at sea.
The symbolic act of the flying the British Merchant Navy’s official flag ashore provides a timely opportunity to raise public awareness of our maritime nation’s ongoing dependence on merchant seafarers.
A free guide to supporting Seafarers UK’s campaign is available to download from https://www.seafarers.uk/merchant-navy-fund/merchant-navy-day/