The award is in recognition of exceptional deeds of merit at sea and includes services to seafarers in the broadest sense. These deeds can be related to any aspect of seafaring, including saving of lives, the well being of seafarers and any exceptional deeds related to the business of seafaring.
2013 - Neil Atkinson in recognition of his very significant contribution, well beyond the call of duty, to the development and effective implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.
2012 - Nigel Rowe for services to sail training, in particular his success in securing opportunities for young people to go to sea, and for making a worthy contribution to helping bridge the gap between youth training and professional seafaring.
2011 - Christopher Moss - for displaying the highest standard of maritime professionalism based on experience, knowledge and exercise of sound judgement that secured the preservation of life aboard FV Athena in Falmouth Bay.
2010 - Richard Woodman ‘for a lifetime’s scholarship and contribution to the better public understanding of the role and importance of the Merchant Navy to the development of the UK and its maritime heritage’.
2009 - The Reverend Canon Bill Christianson of the Mission to Seafarers in recognition of over 40 years service to seafarers - their welfare, spiritual and physical well-being.