The Maritime Volunteer Service Southampton Unit celebrated its inaugural meeting, with a gathering attended by distinguished guests, including the charity’s Chief Volunteer Officer and Regional Volunteer Officer South.
The Maritime Volunteer Service is a uniformed, voluntary organisation, founded in 1994 with full charitable status with its patron being HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The organisation has more than 22 active units spread around the UK coastline at major port & river areas, with more units planned.
Chief Volunteer Officer Martyn Sharp said: “I’m delighted to see this new unit establish itself right in the heart of the UK’s busiest shipping area. The aim of the MVS is to keep the country’s maritime traditions alive and we do this with practical training in seamanship, small boat handling, engineering, and communications. I wish the unit the very best of luck and look forward to seeing it grow.”
The MVS Southampton unit proudly announced its close working relationship with the Southampton Harbour Master. This collaboration extends to supporting the PMSC (Port Maritime Security Committee) and patrolling local waters under the expert guidance of the Harbour Master. Such partnerships are vital for ensuring the safety and security of maritime activities in the region.
Furthermore, the unit has established a commendable rapport with the Warsash Maritime College. This connection opens up opportunities for cadets to undergo small boat training before embarking on their first posting. The emphasis on training and collaboration underscores the MVS Southampton unit’s commitment to excellence and readiness in maritime service.
For those seeking more information about the Maritime Volunteer Service, please visit the official website at www.mvs.org.uk. The charity is open to everyone aged 18 or over.