A longstanding maritime tradition, now enshrined in international convention and law, is the expectation and duty of a ship’s captain to render assistance to those in distress at sea without regard to their nationality, status or the circumstances in which they are discovered. This tradition was codified by the International Maritime Organization in 1974 as part of the Safety Of Life At Sea (as amended), Regulation 33/1 – “The master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance, if possible informing them or the search and rescue service that the ship is doing so. This obligation to provide assistance applies regardless of the nationality or status of such persons or the circumstances in which they are found.”

The Alumni Association has created the Humanitarian Award in 2018 to recognize MMA Alumni who have distinguished themselves in the spirit of the long standing maritime tradition of coming to the aid of those in distress. This award will serve to recognize the outstanding efforts of our alumni, and also serve as an inspiration to others who may someday find themselves in a situation where their involvement may prove critical to saving the lives of others.

2018   Capt. Paul Jacobs ’58
2019   Capt. Michael Tolley ’93

Criteria and Process
Nomination Form