Kent County Council Chairman David Brazier held a flag-raising ceremony today (Friday) to mark Merchant Navy Day.
The day is intended to remember the sacrifices made and difficulties faced by the Merchant Navy, both currently and historically.
During World War I and World War II, the Merchant fleets suffered heavy losses; close to 20 million tonnes and over 46,500 Merchant seafarers were killed.
Many thousands of British seafarers still work on the oceans of the world, underpinning the international commerce that keeps our economy buoyant.
Mr Brazier said: “I am delighted to host this ceremony in recognition of the great work undertaken by our Merchant Navy in the past and in the present.
“I spent a large part of my career working as a marine surveyor and understand the perils these seafarers face and just what an important role they play.”