The Federation of Merchant Mariners

Membership of the Federation of Merchant Mariners is open to both organisations and to individuals.


Individual membership is a new dimension to the Federation but one that has arisen because of the number of people, seafarers or otherwise, who have expressed an interest in supporting our aims. In addition to our member Associations we now have over 400 individual supporters in the UK and abroad and we are still growing.

Members will receive our newsletter and can make a direct contribution to the aims of the Federation by giving the Federation a much wider exposure through their own networks and local press. We would welcome your contribution and suggestions on how we might develop membership and gain recognition for the role the Merchant Navy.

We have only a very small number, of people involved in the management and administration of the Federation and all are ex-merchant seafarers or have a direct connection to merchant seafaring and all are volunteers. Merchant Navy Day celebrated on 3rd September every year and the United Kingdom Merchant Seafarers Veterans Badge was a direct result of campaigns by voluntary Merchant Navy Associations. With your help by becoming a Member we can achieve more.

If you would like to join the Federation of Merchant Mariners please click here to download a membership request form.



Launched in early 2004 the Federation of Merchant Mariners brings together many associations/organisations connected to the Merchant Navy.

The Federation recognises that the various Merchant Navy Associations/Organisations are enormously proud of their independence and history and may resent any efforts to mould them all into one association. Membership of The Federation of Merchant Mariners brings them together in a way that promotes strength in the unity of common causes with no threat to their autonomy.

The Federation of Merchant Mariners may typically represent as many as twenty Merchant Navy Associations depending upon the matter under discussion.

If your organisation wishes to join, please contact:

Derek Bristow OBE DL
Merchant Mariners
16 Glebe Road
Cambs PE28 4PH
United Kingdom

Telephone +44 (0) 1480 412958