Mark Ranson has this weekend, on International Merchant Navy day (Sep. 3rd), been awarded the 2022 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.
The award was made to Mark for his services to workboat safety standards and training, he will be 1 of a group of 14 persons who collectively have been awarded the 2022 award, to be presented on the 22nd November.
Mark Ranson became the Workboat Association’s Secretary in 2011, later becoming the CEO, before taking over the reigns as Chairman for a year from 2019-2020.
He was previously awarded the 2019 European Commercial Maritime Awards ‘Maritime Professional of the Year’ for his work with the Workboat Association.
This latest award signifies a large number of safety and training related activities that Mark has been a part of thought his career. From; developing the first ISM system in the wake of the Herald of Free Enterprise Capsize, to nurturing Mass Evacuation Systems. A dedicated, long-serving, stalwart of the WA and his local maritime training centre HOTA, to working many years within the towage sector as a safety expert (and many more to list).
Mark retired from the WA in 2020, though he continues working in his role on the board of HOTA and looking after his small-holding;