ABP hoists the Red Duster across the UK

September 2, 2016

The Red Ensign, emblem of the Merchant Navy, will fly at ABP’s ports this weekend to mark Merchant Navy Day on September 3.

ABP is supporting the call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the ensign, nicknamed the Red Duster, to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

Merchant Navy Day serves to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of our Merchant Navy.

The initiative has been endorsed by HRH The Earl of Wessex, President of Seafarers UK, who urged that people: “remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”

As an island nation, the UK relies on seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat and three quarters of Britain’s exports.

ABP Chief Executive James Cooper, said: “As Britain’s leading ports group, our job is to keep Britain Trading. That would not be possible without the dedicated men and women who today keep alive the proud tradition of the Merchant Navy, ensuring Britain has access to global markets.”

For more information, visit: www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day