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Marine Society's summer of exhibitions

Marine Society's summer of exhibitions

This summer, Marine Society have been busy exhibiting at a range of careers events and trade fairs including; the Spinnaker HR conference, Festival of Apprenticeships, London Careers Festival and Seawork 2022. These combined events allowed us to successfully promote careers into maritime to hundreds of delegates as well as our services and products such as Learn@Sea, the Coming Ashore programme and maritime apprenticeships. We were facilitated in this through partnering with other like-minded organisation that included The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Maritime UK and SeaRegs Training Ltd.

These also offered us great opportunities to network and spread our influence more widely, especially following the long period when face to face events were suspended.

Marine Society take part at Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition

Marine Society take part at Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition

In June this year, Marine Society partnered with the Nautical Insitute to exhibit at the world-renowned Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition.

Held in Athens, this was the first Posidonia event since 2018 and generated huge interest with 1900 exhibitors taking part along with 20,000 visitors attending in what was a week of global exposure for the world’s leading maritime organisations.


It was a great opportunity to promote the work of Marine Society on the global stage and hear from thought leaders in the world of shipping. Conference panels tackled diverse subjects including ‘Navigating the Maritime Future’, ‘Women at Sea’, ‘The 4th Propulsion Age’ and ‘Promoting a Life at Sea’.

Director Darrell Bate said; ‘I felt it was important for us to see and be seen at this seminal event. Alongside the Nautical Institute, we are internationally-known and respected by seafarers around the world so it was fantastic to share together for Posidonia 2022’

The Princess Royal presents Marine Society apprentice with outstanding commitment certificate

The Princess Royal presents Marine Society apprentice with outstanding commitment certificate

On 10th May HRH The Princess Royal attended an event hosted by Thames Skills Academy at which she was treated to a demonstration of nautical skills by Marine Society apprentices, Beauty Marshall from the Port of London Authority and Lenny King from Thames Clippers. The Princess also presented Clemence Barbey with a Certificate recognising her outstanding commitment to learning during her Boatmaster Apprenticeship with Marine Society which she started at City Cruises and completed at the PLA late last year.

Clemence Barbey said ‘I am really pleased with winning this award and meeting Princess Anne was incredible.’

Darrell Bate, Director of Maritime Training and Development said; ‘we were delighted that our apprentice received this recognition and that the skills of our apprenticeships was showcased to the Princess who also happens to be Admiral of the Sea Cadets’

This caps a remarkable year for Clemence who also received Marine Society’s Apprentice of the Year award back in October of 2021, which was awarded virtually by Darrell at MSSC’s Annual Court.

Our apprentices receiving such awards sets an extremely high benchmark for current and future apprentices to aspire to as the scheme continues to build and become and evermore attractive prospective for aspiring seafarers.

Marine Society announce new Green Skills Bursary

Marine Society announce new Green Skills Bursary

Marine Society have officially opened a new bursary fund titled the Green Skills Bursary in an attempt to financially support seafarers who are working within the offshore and renewable sectors.

These jobs within the chosen sectors have specific requirements as laid down in the IMCA C 018 publication ‘Basic Safety Training Requirements for Vessel Personnel Employed in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector’. The training standards for these courses are set by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation OPITO, the skills organisations for the sector, which are required in addition to the basic STCW certificates.

Applicants will be able to apply for funding of up to £750 to support a qualification that fits within the jobs requirements. The Marine Society hopes that this will create a wave of interest from seafarers whose goal is to upskill or refine existing green skills.

There are many seafarers who simply do not qualify for any other sources of funding or do not get the required support from their employer, so this fund could be the opportunity they have been craving to invest in their future.

Go to the Green Skills Bursary page to find out more about the fund and the criteria in order to be eligible to apply.

Nominations for the Merchant Navy Medal are now open

Nominations for the Merchant Navy Medal are now open

People in the maritime sector!

You can now nominate for who you think deserves the coveted Merchant Navy Medal.

The Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service provides an opportunity for the industry to recognise meritorious service by British merchant seafarers and has become quite the prestigious accolade since it's inception in 2005.

It’s awarded annually, without bias towards age or rank, to those eligible seafarers who are judged to have made a worthwhile contribution to merchant shipping, its operations, development, personnel, welfare, safety, or have performed an act of courage afloat.

The voting window closes in May and the winners will be announced on Merchant Navy Day (September 3rd).

To find out more information please contact Merchant Navy Welfare Board's Communications and Media Manager, Joel Holt 07939 815499/02380 206767 or email