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State Award for CHA Harbour Master

State Award for CHA Harbour Master

The Crouch Harbour Authority are proud to announce that our Harbour Master, Captain Susan Harrison has recently been awarded the Merchant Navy Medal with Royal Warrant and Order of Wear for her services to shipping and the ports industry.

The Medal has Royal approval by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Susan was presented with the medal for meritorious service by the Princess Royal at a Ceremony at Trinity House, in London last week.

The award is given to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others. Susan has been steadfast throughout her career at sea and in the harbour in ensuring safe navigation, demonstrating leadership and management. It is fitting that for her long service with such dedication that the nation recognize Susan's effort and achievement.

During a recent press interview with the Maldon & Burnham Standard Captain Harrison said she had spent 37 years at sea and has been involved in the ports industry for the last four years. In 2012 she was appointed as the Deputy Harbour Master for the Crouch Harbour Authority, before being promoted to the Harbour Master in 2013.

Susan said she was delighted to be recognised with this award. "It was very splendid as all these occasions are. I feel very fortunate to receive the award".

"I have been very lucky to have had a career in the Merchant Navy which for the most part I have very much enjoyed and along the way someone has decided that I warranted this recognition. It was a wonderfully organised event. As usual HRH Princess Anne was marvellous. She was able to make you feel as though she really wanted to be there, and she knew why you were there".

"It was the first time these medals have been given in the format they were, and the first time they have come with an Order of Wear, so all of us felt extraordinarily privileged to be among the first group to receive them"

This was the first year the Awards had been organised.

John Hayes, Minister for Shipping and Ports, said " I am proud to play a role in presenting the Merchant Navy medals for meritorious service for the first time. They provide a great service to our island nation. Every recipient has become an ambassador for the sector and an inspiration for future generations".