Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
In announcing the first recipients of the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service Shipping Minister John Hayes today (2 September 2016) said:
"This new state award, with a place in the order of wear, is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others."
Recipients of the medal in this first year have received the award for a range of meritorious service including:
- providing operational achievement through leadership, management and sensitivity in a migrant rescue in the Mediterranean in 2015
- dedication to seafarer training and removing barriers for those entering the industry
- devotion to welfare work and fundraising support to maritime charities and young seafarers
Minister for Shipping, John Hayes said:
"I am delighted to announce the deserving recipients of this award. Merchant Navy seafarers and those serving in the fishing fleets provide a tremendous service to our island nation and it is only right that they are recognised for the vital role they play, often in difficult and dangerous conditions.
"Coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, it provides an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our brave seafarers of the past and to show our appreciation for British shipping today and in the future."
Following the investiture of the 2015 Merchant Navy Medals, at Trinity House on Monday 23rd November, the then, Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP announced a new State Award to be known as the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, will have a place in the Order of Wear. Her Majesty The Queen graciously signed the Royal Warrant for the new Medal. The first of these medals will be presented in 2016 and will replace the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal, which has been awarded by the Merchant Navy Medal Committee, on behalf the industry, from 2005 until this time. The Committee has a wide range of expertise from across the maritime industry.
Whilst the Department of Transport will ultimately be responsible for recommending awards to the Ministers it has agreed to consult closely with the Merchant Navy Medal Committee when reviewing nominations. Whilst nominations can be sent directly to the Department, they have also agreed that the Committee can review and forward nominations to them. The Committee will therefore examine carefully each nomination and advise whether they believe each meets the criteria and whether further information is needed.
Nomination Form and Guidance Notes
The Merchant Navy Medal Committee
c/o Merchant Navy Welfare Board
8 Cumberland Place
Southampton SO15 2BH
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
Please note all nominations will be acknowledged and further information may be requested. The Merchant Navy Medal Committee will not enter into any correspondence about the eventual outcomes.