The Merchant Navy Medal provides an opportunity for the industry to recognise in a worthy and public manner, meritorious service by British registered Merchant Seafarers.
The Medal is awarded annually, without bias towards age or rank, to those eligible seafarers who are judged to have made a worthwhile contribution to merchant shipping, its operations, development, personnel, welfare or safety, or who have performed an act of courage afloat.
A limited number of medals are also awarded honoris causa to any persons who have made a significant contribution to merchant shipping, its personnel or its affairs, but who are not themselves British registered Merchant Seafarers.
Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC ADC DUniv
All nominations for the award of the Merchant Navy Medal must adhere to the MNM Regulations and be submitted on the MNM Nomination Form. The form should be forwarded to the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, in strict confidence and in writing, enclosing as much information about the candidate as possible.
Nominators should highlight what they consider to be the specific reasons for the request of the award. Nominations may be submitted at any time of year, but must reach the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, at the very latest by June 30th
The Medal Committee will communicate its decision in writing to the successful candidates and their employers or nominators by September 30th. The list of recipients will be released immediately before Trafalgar Day, October 21st. The making of awards is entirely at the discretion of the Merchant Navy Medal Executive Committee and its decisions shall be final.
The ceremony usually takes place towards the end of November at Trinity House, London; the date for 2015 is still to be confirmed. Each medal awarded will be presented by Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead.
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