Saga Master, Captain Philip Rentell is awarded Merchant Navy medal for Meritorious Service

Monday 19 September 2016

Saga Cruises is pleased to announce that Captain Philip Rentell is one of the recipients in the first year of the Merchant Navy medals receiving an award for services to the Merchant Navy.

Saga Master, Captain Philip Rentell is awarded Merchant Navy medal for Meritorious Service

This new award celebrates those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.

Captain Philip Rentell said:

“Naturally I feel very honoured to be one of only thirteen chosen this year to be given the new award. Anything that raises the profile of the Merchant Navy in the eyes of the general public, and potential future young officers in particular, must be considered very worthwhile for our very special profession.”

Minister for Shipping, Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP 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.”

Captain Rentell will attend a formal presentation later in the year.

-ENDS-

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 in 2015
•    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

2016 recipients of the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service
•    Captain RH Barker, for services to the Merchant Navy
•    Mr LAJ Dalrymple, for services to the welfare of seafarers
•    Captain S Harrison, for services to the shipping and ports industries
•    Captain NJ Jeffery, for services to the promotion of Merchant Navy careers
•    Mr GT Jones, for services to the Merchant Navy and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
•    Mr RJ Jones, for services to the welfare of seafarers
•    Captain PJ McArthur, for services to the Merchant Navy
•    Captain DS McCallum, for services to the Merchant Navy
•    Captain N McIntyre, for services in the rescue of refugees
•    Mr MF Morgan, for services to the Merchant Navy and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
•    Captain PD Peters, for services to the welfare of seafarers
•    Captain P Rentell, for services to the Merchant Navy
•    Captain R Towner, for services to seafarer certification and training

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