SIU-Contracted Companies Recognized for Safe Operations

July 2011

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Numerous SIU-contacted companies garnered well-earned recognition at this year’s Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) safety awards luncheon, which took place June 2 in New Orleans. As in past years, some awards were given for specific incidents while others were presented for prolonged operations (at least two years) without a mariner involved in a lost-time injury.

Nearly 200 individuals representing more than 70 companies and crews attended the 53rd annual program. Joseph Cox, CSA president, stated, “We have been holding these annual award ceremonies since 1958. For that initial year, we honored six vessels having a total of 12 years’ operation with no lost-time incidents. This year, we gave awards to 1,288 vessels that operated 7,284 years without a lost-time incident. This extraordinary record 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 thesea – aid to those in peril.”

The CSA’s members include 33 U.S.-based companies (many of them SIU-contracted) that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, containerships, and other merchant vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades. The association also represents other entities that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels.


Among the companies recognized in June were Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Marine Services, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Crowley Petroleum Services, Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Crowley Technical Management, E.N. Bisso and Son., Farrell Lines, American Overseas Marine, Higman Barge Lines, Horizon Lines, Interocean American Shipping, Keystone Shipping, Maersk Line, Limited, Marine Transport Lines, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, and OSG Ship Management. Also earning safety awards were Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers, Seabulk Towing, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, USS Vessel Management, and the U.S. Maritime Administration. Each received an honor known as the Jones F. Devlin Award.


CSA Citations of Merit were presented to the SIU-crewed Horizon Producer (Horizon Lines) and the Overseas Maremar (OSG), while a letter of commendation went to the Seafarers-crewed Cape May (Ocean Shipholdings).



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