The nautical symbol of a stockless anchor, a piece of equipment familiar to all seafarers, is encompassed by its heavy cable on a highly polished background. In the centre of the design is the cipher comprising ‘MN’, denoting the exclusive nature of this important commemorative medal.
A capstan is supported by two grotesque sea creatures and surmounted by a stylised crown on a highly polished background. A rope encircles the elements and is joined with a reef knot at is lowest point. Between the rope and the outer rim of the medal is the inscription: FOR MERCHANT NAVAL SERVICE.
The ribbon features a solid, dark blue background with central stripes of green, white and red; representing the navigation lights of an approaching ship, resulting in a truly nautical medal ribbon. This medal is supplied on a concealed single pin, ready to wear.