Head of Unit: Angela Carrington
Tel: 07903 269 619
About the Unit The Northumbria Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service has been in existence for a number of years, although it started life as MVS Tyne. The unit was reborn as MVS Northumbria a number of years ago with only a handful of members but it has since developed into an fully operational unit, with a sound structure of members both with and without previous maritime experience. The unit has grown significantly over the past year and has been able to purchase a 22ft work boat which has been renovated since its purchase with intentions of offering a regular river patrol service to the Port of Tyne and Port of Sunderland harbour masters in the very near future. As a unit, we have become more and more active within the community over the past 3 years, showing our support at events such as Armed Forces Day, Manchester’s water safety H20 Fun Day and the Sunshine Fund’s charity run. Our MVS Remembrance Day Parade of Sail though has become our main event in the calendar, growing each year and this year’s event will be the 4th. This sees several river based organisations along with some privately owned vessels join us in a floatilla up the River Tyne on Remembrance Sunday, followed by two minutes silence at the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside and the laying of a commemorative wreath.
When do we meet? We meet weekly during the summer season and fortnightly during the winter usually on Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Our meetings are held either at St Peter’s Marina in on the River Tyne where our vessel is berthed or at Newcastle Business Village in Benton when we have classroom based activities and training.