Marine Awards

National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is currently inviting nominations in respect of the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards scheme.

The purpose of this Awards scheme is to recognise outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative in the context of marine emergency incidents within the Irish State and its emergency response responsibility zones, and / or in relation to Irish-registered vessels anywhere in the world. The scheme also recognises exceptional dedication to duty in the execution of Ireland’s marine emergency response. Awards are made in the form of medals and / or letters of appreciation.

The National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Awards Committee will adjudicate upon the nominations received.  This Committee includes representatives from the commercial (shipping, fishing and offshore), leisure, safety and rescue sectors of Ireland’s maritime community. The Committee’s decision on the number and level of Awards to be made will be final.

In this round of Awards, nominations may be considered in respect of events occurring during the period 31st August 2014 to 31st August 2016.  It is planned to invite nominations for Awards every two years. 

Details of the Awards scheme, including nomination form, are available in the attached documentation below. Should you wish make a nomination for an Award, please complete the nomination form and submit it (preferably by email) to the address below, by Friday 9th September 2016. The submission should be comprehensive and include all relevant information (e.g. eye-witness statements, official reports, maps, charts, photographs, newspaper cuttings etc.); material may be scanned in and attached to the email.

Ideally nominations should be sent by email to 



Please send written nominations to:

National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards Scheme

Maritime Services Division

Irish Maritime Administration

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Leeson Lane

Dublin 2


If you have any further queries in relation to this Awards scheme, please contact Aoife Walsh (as above) or on tel. 01-6783454.