SIU-Contracted Companies Earn Safety Recognition

July 2010

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A number of Seafarers-contracted companies and their SIU crews recently were recognized for safe operations and outstanding seamanship.

The accolades were delivered June 3 in New Orleans, where the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) conducted its 52nd annual awards program. The CSA presented awards for specific incidents as well as for prolonged operations (at least two years) without a mariner involved in a lost-time injury. The latter decorations are known as the Jones F. Devlin Awards.

CSA President Joseph Cox told an audience of more than 170 people, “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.”

Dozens of companies were represented at the event. Many of them are members of the CSA, which represents U.S.-based businesses that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, containerships, 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.

SIU-crewed vessels and Seafarers-contracted companies receiving letters of commendation included USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus and USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams, both operated by American Overseas Marine, and the USNS Richard G. Matthiesen, operated by Ocean Shipholdings Inc. Also receiving letters were Crowley Marine Services and OSG Ship Management.

Recipients of the Devlin Awards included Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Maritime Corporation, E.N. Bisso & Son Inc., American Overseas Marine, Higman Barge Lines Inc., Horizon Lines, Interocean American Shipping Corporation, Keystone Shipping Co., Maersk Line, Marine Transport Lines, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings Inc., OSG Ship Management, PASHA Shipping Group, Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers Inc., Seabulk Towing Inc., Totem Ocean Trailer Express, and USS Vessel Management LLC.

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