Ordre du Mérite Maritime

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Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Kruis van een Commandeur in de Orde Merite Maritime.jpg
Awarded by  France
TypeOrder of Merit with 3 degrees:
Commandeur (commander)
Officier (officer)
Chevalier (knight)
Awarded forDistinguished service of professional sailors and the merit of civilian mariners
Next (higher)Order of Agricultural Merit
Next (lower)Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Ordre du Merite maritime Commandeur ribbon.svg

Ordre du Merite maritime Officier ribbon.svg

Ordre du Merite maritime Chevalier ribbon.svg
Rubans de l'Ordre du Mérite Maritime

The Ordre du Mérite Maritime (Order of Maritime Merit) is a French order established on 9 February 1930 for services rendered by the seafarers to distinguish the risks involved and the services rendered by seamen; stressed over the importance of the economic role of the Merchant Navy to the country. The order was reorganized in 1948, and again by decree on 17 January 2002.


  • Merchant marine crew, civilian administrators, and the crews of lifeboats and rescues
  • Naval military personnel
  • Individuals who have distinguished themselves in maritime field


  • Demougin, Jacques (2003). Les décorations françaises. Paris: Trésor du Patrimoine. ISBN 2-911468-99-6.
  • "Fédération nationale du Mérite maritime et de la Médaille d'honneur des marins". Fédération nationale du Mérite maritime. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06.