Merchant Navy Day serves as a timely reminder of the importance of seafarers and the valuable role they provide, from coastguards and cruise liners to those ensuring that huge quantities of goods move safely to and from our island nation. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those who work at sea, and wish all those in the Merchant Navy a safe and productive year ahead.
Our dedicated team here at Marine Society works to ensure those working in the Merchant Navy can further their education and have access to onboard libraries improving knowledge, wellbeing and social relations at sea.
For 262 years we have been supporting all seafarers to get ahead in their careers. Whether supporting them to study a range of formal qualifications - often at long distance - via our Ofsted-certified Marine Society College or providing them with books and libraries at sea. We're now also able to offer an online bookshop which can provide seafarers across the world with books and we have developed a free app to enable seafarers to learn online.
"If it hadn't been for the Marine Society's help I wouldn't have been wearing the uniform shown in the photo back in 1965. Without their help I would not have been able to fulfil my marine engineering ambitions to become chief engineer. Their help was also invaluable in my gaining higher academic qualifications and later to become a marine surveyor and consultant. As a thank you, I have bequeathed a cash gift to the Society in my will. I hope others will do the same."
Mike Wall, BSc, MSc, FIMarEST, CMarTech, QDR.