Merchant Navy Day

Our annual Fly The Red Ensign campaign will be taking place again in 2023 on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, to honour and remember the sacrifices of the, often forgotten and invisible, but very hard-working, 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 more than 90% of the UK’s imports.

Merchant Navy Day Logo

Everyone is welcome to get involved by flying a Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day. We will be contacting all the previous participants in due course with information about this year's campaign, but if you have queries in the meanwhile, please email