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Time to vote for your unsung hero

The deadline for a national award that recognises outstanding individuals in the maritime sector is fast approaching.

The Annual Award for Service to Seafarers’ Welfare, founded in 1988 by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB), is given for exceptional service to the welfare of seafarers or fishers.

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.

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

This is a fantastic award which, since it was established 35 years ago, has been awarded to so many worthy recipients. These have been very challenging times and we know many people in the maritime welfare sector have gone above and beyond what is usually expected. And this award enables us to show our sincere appreciation for the difference those individuals make to bettering seafarers’ welfare.

“With that in mind, and given the closing date is upon us, I’d strongly urge you to submit your nominations so we can recognise the amazing and exceptional work that is being done to support to seafarers, fishers and their dependants.”

Last year’s recipients of the award included Debbie Lake, from Lighthouse Seafarers Mission, and Mick Howarth who was the Welfare Manager at Nautilus Welfare Fund.

Nominations for the award can be made here

The closing date for nominations is 28 July 2023.  The award will be announced on World Maritime Day – 28 September 2023.