The SIU-crewed ships Horizon Reliance and Ocean Titan earned top honors at this year’s Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) safety and environmental awards event, which took place June 12 in New Orleans. Overall, more than 20 Seafarers contracted companies received awards for “outstanding feats of safety” or sustained safe operations, or both.
The Ocean Titan was recognized for its December 2011 rescue of seven European mariners in the Bay of Biscay. Operated by Pacific-Gulf Marine for Intermarine, the Ocean Titan overcame extremely rough nighttime weather and other challenges in pulling off the rescue.
Similarly, Horizon Lines’ ship Reliance faced severe weather conditions when saving the lives of three people, including a 9-year-old boy, in early February near Hawaii. The captain and crew handled the predawn rescue despite 55-mph wind gusts and waves ranging from 20-25 feet.
Meanwhile, the CSA also recognized recipients of its Jones F. Devlin Awards, given to vessels that have operated for at least two years without a mariner involved in a lost-time injury. SIU-contracted companies earning the Devlin Awards included Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Maritime (and several of its subsidiaries), E.N. Bisso & Son, Farrell Lines, American Overseas Marine, Harley Marine, Higman Barge Lines, Horizon Lines, Interocean American Shipping, Keystone Shipping, Maersk Line Limited, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, OSG Ship Management, Patriot Contract Services, Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers, Seabulk Towing, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, and USS Vessel Management.
CSA President Joseph Cox pointed out the organization has conducted its safety awards events since 1958. He credited this year’s honorees for an “extraordinary record (that) is directly attributable to the professionalism of our seafarers and the dedication of shore-based company personnel to safe operation.”
He added, “CSA’s involvement in safety is longstanding. We continue to represent the industry, domestically and internationally, on safety issues encompassing every facet of ship operations. It is, therefore, only fitting that an industry so focused on safety, publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the women and men who are responsible for actions in keeping with the highest traditions of the sea – aid to those in peril.”
The Chamber of Shipping of America represents 37 U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships, and other merchant vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and other entities that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels.