Merchant Navy Day

Our annual Fly The Red Ensign campaign took place in 2023 on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, to honour and remember the sacrifices of the, often forgotten and invisible, but very hard-working, UK Merchant Navy seafarers.

Our Fly the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day campaign was started in 2015 to address ‘sea blindness’ that appeared to afflict a huge proportion of the population, with widespread public ignorance about the UK’s ongoing dependence on merchant seafarers who are responsible for shipping over 95% of the UK’s trade.

There is still time to show your support to the people behind the Red Ensign

if you would like to support our annual campaign, you can do so by donating to our Merchant Navy Day Appeal 2023. Your generous contribution will make a positive difference in the lives of retired and active UK Merchant Navy seafarers and their families.

Support our Merchant Navy Day 2023 Appeal

Request your certificate of participation

If you would like to receive a certificate of participation (in PDF format), please email

Thank you for your support which will make a huge difference to UK Merchant Navy seafarers in need and their families.