MNWB launches new-look annual awards

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) is calling on the maritime sector to nominate their unsung heroes for its new-look annual awards.

For the first time since the award launched in 1988, MNWB has reimagined the Annual Award for Services to Seafarers’ Welfare so that more individuals can be recognised for providing exceptional service to seafarers and fishers.

This year five new categories have been introduced, including one for ‘most collaborative organisation’.

The 2024 annual awards categories

Volunteer of the year
Team member of the year
Lifetime achievement award
Most collaborative organisation
Innovation award

Commenting on the awards Stuart Rivers, who is Chief Executive of the MNWB which is the umbrella charity for the UK Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, said:

“Year after year the challenge becomes harder to choose recipients for this award and there are just so many individuals who go above-and-beyond to improve the lives of seafarers.

“That’s why we’ve taken the decision to review the awards and launch five new categories so more individuals can be recognised for their stellar work alongside the most collaborative organisation. The awards enable us to show our sincere appreciation for the difference those individuals make to improving seafarers’ welfare.

“We look forward to hearing stories that continue to capture our hearts.”

Nominees can be either salaried personnel or volunteers in the maritime charity sector and should have a history of making a positive and proactive contribution to the welfare of seafarers over a long period of time.

Last year’s recipients of the award were Robert Campbell, Sandy Nairne, Paula Daly and Sister Mary Scholastica.

For details on how to make a nomination, click here

The closing date for nominations is July 31st.

The awards will be presented at the biannual Port Welfare Conference, which will take place in Liverpool from September 11-12.