If you are interested in joining the Portsmouth unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service, please Contact us for further information.
The MVS offers the following types of membership:
List A: Operational Full Members
The principal MVS List open to all members on entry into the service. Applicants must be aged 18 or over and there is no upper age limit, however members are required to be fit enough to carry out the duties for which they have volunteered. Members are expected to attend training nights, courses and exercises as often as possible and are asked to sign a volunteer agreement. List A members wear uniform showing the MVS grade to which they are entitled.
The Annual subscription of £42.00, includes MVS personal accident insurance.
List A: Operational Student Members
The same as above at a concessionary rate (see below) for bona fide students for the student academic year (copy of student credentials required). Ideally for students studying a maritime student at any of the colleges and universities in the area.
The Annual subscription of £32.00, includes MVS personal accident insurance.
List B: Professional and Technical
Open to those members who wish to contribute to the service and who may have completed a maritime career, been a senior member of the MVS or other similar organisation and can bring practical experience in seamanship, marine engineering, operations or communications to the service that they are prepared to pass on to others. The primary purpose of the Professional and Technical List is to provide instruction and training in maritime and other skills to further the aims of the Service. Members are expected to attend training nights, courses and exercises as agreed with their Head of Unit and are asked to sign a volunteer agreement.
Although no grade is held, List B members wear MVS uniform with distinctive epaulettes.
The annual subscription of £42.00, includes MVS personal accident insurance.
List O: Operational Support
Open to those who are unable to fulfil the level of commitment required by List A or B by any reason but nevertheless wish to offer an active but constrained service to their unit by attending training and assisting with land-based events.
You will attend training nights and will receive training commensurate with local duties and are asked to sign a volunteer agreement.
List O members wear uniform and the distinctive OS badges.
The annual subscription of £16.00 includes appropriate MVS personal accident insurance.
List S: Unit Friends & Supporters
Open to those who are unable to fulfil the level of commitment required by List A or B but nevertheless wish to play their part in the life of the unit by attending social functions, assisting with fund raising events and generally raising the profile of the MVS in the locality. Supporters do not wear uniform but should have identification such as tabards and ID badges for fundraising purposes. The annual subscription of £16.00, includes limited MVS personal accident insurance.
They are not covered by insurance to go afloat, instruct, participate in ship-keeping or otherwise take part in training or exercises except to support active members by undertaking such roles as catering, manning fund raising stalls at events, street collections, organising fund raising events etc.