One of the UK’s biggest port operators has pledged its support for a national shipping salute to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The initiative, organised by the UK Chamber of Shipping and supported by the Department for Transport and UK Major Ports Group, will see ports across the Country encourage vessels in their harbour to sound a long blast on their horn or whistle, at 12 noon on Saturday 4th June.
Peel Ports Group will be promoting the event across its network of locations by asking mariners to create a fanfare of celebration from vessels at the Port of Liverpool to London Medway, Heysham, Great Yarmouth, Clydeport and Dublin.
Alongside the salute, employees, mariners and seafarers have all been encouraged to display congratulatory messages in celebration of the historic occasion.
Additionally, a special fleet of 100 vessels will sail the River Medway on 4th June as part of a four-hour jubilee event, in which the ports group is delighted to support in its role as Statutory Harbour Authority.
Claudio Veritiero, CEO for Peel Ports Group, said: “We’re a proud maritime nation and all of our ports across the group are steeped in history, having been part of many generations of Royal celebrations. The maritime community in particular is deeply bound up in all that’s happened across Queen Elizabeth’s reign”
We’re honoured to support events in recognition of the Platinum Jubilee as a landmark moment in history. The sound of vessels at midday on the 4th is going to be truly unique occasion that will be remembered for a long time.”