A seafaring champion from Borehamwood has been recognised by the Queen in the New Year's Honours list.

Natalie Shaw received an MBE for her services to seafarers with more than 400,000, including more than 2,000 Brits, stranded around the world during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Shaw, who is the director of employment affairs at the International Chamber of Shipping, worked tirelessly to maintain the welfare of those at sea with seafarers stuck on ships for very long periods of time.

In her role, Ms Shaw acted as the lynchpin for diplomatic, logistical and operational efforts to navigate the wave of Covid restrictions preventing the free movement of seafarers.

As a result of her work, hundreds of thousands of men and women have been able to return safely home, often against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Catherine Spencer, chief executive officer of The Seafarers’ Charity - of which Ms Shaw is a director - said: "The Seafarers’ Charity has benefitted from Natalie’s incredible knowledge and experience of the maritime sector, and we are delighted that her compassion and work to improve the welfare and safety of Seafarers has been recognised."

Ms Shaw, who has spent nearly two decades in the shipping industry, said: "I am delighted to receive this MBE, I share this recognition with – many colleagues from across the industry who have worked with me over the last two years.

"As a global sector, the support of the International Labour Organization and the International Maritime Organizations to ensure that seafarers needs were placed on the international agenda, has been integral .

"I also pay tribute to those involved in practical support of seafarers over the last two years, including the Unions, Seafarers Missions, Shipping Companies, and members of the International Maritime Health Association."

Esben Poulsson, chairman of International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), added: "On behalf of the board of the ICS I would like to warmly congratulate Natalie on being awarded the MBE in The Queen’s 2022 New Year’s Honours list.

"Natalie’s tireless efforts in championing the welfare of our seafarers over many years is well known, and this richly deserved award reflects these efforts. Well done Natalie – we are proud of you."