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22 February 2018

Do you know someone who deserves a medal? Now is the time to put forward candidates for the 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. Captain Matthew Easton, chairman of the MNM Consultative Committee, explains how to nominate people for the award…

Once again the Department for Transport (DfT), supported by the Merchant Navy Honours Consultative Committee, is seeking nominations for the 2018 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

All those involved are anxious that individuals, ships’ crews and organisations, ashore and afloat, give consideration to people who they feel might be deserving of this award. Nominees should have achieved something that makes him or her stand out against others, either in an ongoing capacity, or as the result of some recent specific initiative or event.

This year, 2018, will mark the third year of this award, which succeeded the former Merchant Navy Medal presented by the industry between 2005 and 2015. Over the last two years the medals have been presented by The Princess Royal to men and women who have contributed towards areas such as maritime safety, improved efficiency, training, welfare and the saving of life at sea.

This prestigious state award is for those who have served at sea in the Merchant Navy or fishing fleets, normally for at least 20 years, and have made a significant contribution - some of which can be in a shore-based capacity.

In certain cases, if it is felt appropriate, names may be put forward, by the DfT, for higher state awards - including those for acts of courage.

The award is a significant achievement in finally gaining formal recognition of the Merchant Navy by the state. It was achieved largely due to the efforts of the Merchant Navy Honours Consultative Committee, whose members represent the widest possible spectrum of the industry -- including the Chamber of Shipping, the maritime trade unions, professional bodies and maritime charities.

Appropriately each year the names of the recipients are announced on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, and presentations are made shortly thereafter in the prestigious surroundings of Trinity House, whose Brethren have given huge support.

In summary, nominees should have shown devotion to duty and exemplary service, which has been of particular value and has constituted an outstanding example to others.

All nominations should, ideally, also be accompanied at least two letters of support.

The DfT guidelines and nomination forms can be downloaded from the website: Merchant Navy Medal which also lists all recipients of both medals.


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