We are proud to announce that VOS Grace Captains William Tripp and Nicholas McIntyre have been awarded the UK Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. Both gentlemen are among the first recipients of this Medal. Sadly, Bill’s Medal has been awarded posthumously, following his untimely death earlier this year.
In a special and poignant ceremony held in London on Tuesday 15 November, the Medals were presented to Nick McIntyre and Bill’s widow, Fatima, by HRH The Princess Royal. Vroon was represented at the ceremony by Stuart Thom (VOS Aberdeen Director Ship Management), Oddveig Bakken (Crewing Manager Deeside Crewing) and Robbie Coull (Marine Superintendent).
This new state award is for those who have served in the Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleets of the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands and have shown devotion to duty and exemplary service that has been of particular value and constituted an outstanding example to others.
Recipients of the medal in this first year have received the award for a range of meritorious service including:
- providing operational achievement through leadership, management and sensitivity in a migrant rescue in the Mediterranean
- dedication to seafarer training and removing barriers for those entering the industry
- devotion to welfare work and fundraising support to maritime charities and young seafarers
UK Minister for Shipping, John Hayes said:
“I am delighted to announce the deserving recipients of this award. Merchant Navy seafarers and those serving in the fishing fleets provide a tremendous service to our island nation and it is only right that they are recognised for the vital role they play, often in difficult and dangerous conditions.
Coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, it provides an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our brave seafarers of the past and to show our appreciation for British shipping today and in the future.“
These medals are a tribute to all VOS Grace crew members, recognition of the incredibly demanding task they undertook.
We would like to add our congratulations and respect to Nick, Fatima and all VOS colleagues involved in refugee-rescue missions.