Seafarer Derrick given prestigious national award

Seafarer Derrick given prestigious national award

by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

A FORMBY seafarer has been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

Captain Derrick Kemp, 80, received the accolade for exemplary service and devotion to duty and for setting an outstanding example to others. 

The father of four and grandfather of nine has spent more than 50 years at sea. He has appeared on the TV show, Cruise Ships Gone Wrong, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2018, and supports the Marine Cadet Force in Litherland. He is an active contributor to the Waterloo Seaman’s Centre as well as being involved in numerous other national bodies. Captain Kemp also  holds talks and lectures for the community and runs his own website,

He will be given the award at a special ceremony next summer.

Captain Kemp said: “I have been fortunate enough to have spent over 52 years of my wonderful life at sea meeting some wonderful people across the globe who are now close friends. 

“I started as a deck cadet in South Africa and was a proud servant of the Merchant Navy gaining my first Master positions commanding the world's largest container ships and then captaining cruise ships for more than  25 years. 

“Since retirement, it is my passion to share my many diverse memories and experiences encountered during my life at sea and have the chance to give something back in support of all seafarers across the world.”

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