SIU-Contracted Companies Honored for Environmental Efforts (11/30)

 

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A number of Seafarers-contracted companies recently were recognized by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) for their respective environmental efforts. News releases from two of those businesses (Maersk Line, Limited, and Horizon Lines) appear below. Maersk and Horizon also earned separate recognition from other organizations.

 

Additional coverage will be included in an upcoming issue of the SIU newspaper, the Seafarers LOG.

 

Maersk Line, Limited Recognized Twice for Environmental Sustainability Efforts

 

November 28, 2012, Norfolk, VA – Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) was presented with two awards earlier this month for its continued and longstanding efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. MLL received awards from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).

 

“The awards are inspiring and reflect MLL’s sincere efforts to act with constant care in all that we do, especially as stewards of the maritime environment,” said Ed Hanley, Vice President of Labor Relations and Marine Safety and Standards. “MLL accepts these awards on behalf of those colleagues and crew who everyday are on the watch for potential environmental hazards.” Hanley and Sean Kline, Director of Marine Safety and Standards, were present at the receptions to accept the awards.

 

Thirty-nine vessels operated by MLL were awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement from CSA on November 13, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period with no reportable spills, no U.S. Coast Guard citations for violations of MARPOL, no port state citations for violations of MARPOL, and no violations of state/local pollution regulations. Admiral John P. Currier, USCG, Vice Commandant presented the certificates during the Chamber of Shipping 9th annual dinner award program.

 

Joseph J. Cox, President of CSA stated, “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”

 

On November 15, 2012, NAMEPA awarded MLL the Corporate Agency Marine Environment Protection Award during an event celebrating their fifth year anniversary. The well-attended celebration and awards ceremony for corporations, individuals, associations, organizations, schools, and universities was held at Chelsea Piers’ The Lighthouse in New York City. NAMEPA was founded in 2007 and is a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment. The organization is considered an industry voice, a catalyst for education and a partner for the industry, governments, maritime academies, and scholars. This award was given to MLL in recognition of its efforts to preserve the marine environment. As an honoree, MLL was recognized for their efforts to “Save the Sea”, a NAMEPA goal that encourages the maritime industry to practice and promote the protection of the marine environment.

 

MLL practices constant care of employees, resources, and the environment and it is a cornerstone of Maersk’s values. MLL supports initiatives that advance environmental responsibility and protection, and the company encourages transparency in all of its sustainability efforts by publishing its own annual sustainability report.

 

HORIZON LINES HONORED WITH ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARDS

Company Recognized by Chamber of Shipping of America for Environmental Excellence, and by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine for Sustainability Practices


CHARLOTTE, NC, November 28, 2012 – Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL), one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, has received honors for environmental stewardship from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.

 

Horizon Lines was recognized for outstanding achievement in environmental excellence by the CSA at a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the company has been named one of the 2012 Green Supply Chain Award winners by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine in its December issue.

 

“Environmental stewardship is critically important to our culture, planning, operations and success at Horizon Lines,” said Andrew Phillips, Environmental Compliance Director. “We are honored to be recognized for taking a leadership role in helping to ensure environmentally sustainable business practices for our customers’ supply chains.”

 

CSA awarded eight Horizon Lines vessels with Environmental Achievement Awards, which recognize vessels that have operated without environmental incidents for at least two years. The eight Horizon Lines vessels have operated a combined 64 years without an environmental incident. The certificates were presented to the Horizon Challenger (9 years), Horizon Discovery (7 years), Horizon Kodiak (11 years), Horizon Navigator (2 years), Horizon Pacific (12 years), Horizon Producer (9 years), Horizon Reliance (11 years), and Horizon Trader (3 years). The award certificates were presented to Captain Timothy Close, USCG (ret.), who is the company’s Director of Safety, Security & Environmental Health.

 

The CSA represents 38 U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tank, container, or dry bulk vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades. “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” said Joseph J. Cox, President of CSA. “In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page news when spills or other environmental problems occur. It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”

 

In addition, Horizon Lines has been recognized for environmental stewardship with a 2012 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. This year’s fifth annual awards honor companies that leverage green practices and solutions to further drive sustainable improvements in their supply chain. Award winners were selected based on companies’ goals, strategy and execution to achieve current and projected sustainability results.

 

Horizon Lines’ sustainability efforts have resulted in an estimated emissions reduction of 231,000 tons of CO2 over the past six years through the company’s fuel conservation and emissions program. For more information on the company’s Green Initiative, visit http://www.horizonlines.com/About-Horizon/Horizon-Green.aspx.

 

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