A SPECIAL ceremony took place at West Lancashire Borough Council offices to raise awareness of the UK’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.
A Red Ensign flag was raised outside its Derby Street headquaters on Friday, September 3, as the council joined others to support a nationwide call from the Seafarers Charity and the Merchant Navy Association.
As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of imports, including almost half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports.
Some of those in attendance included Cllr Gordon Johnson, Mayor of West Lancashire and Cllr Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council.