Union-Contracted Companies Capture CSA Environmental Awards


January 2013


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Seafarers-contracted companies take a back seat to no one when it comes to protecting the environment, and a number of them recently were recognized for those efforts.


SIU-contracted operators and other companies were honored Nov. 13 by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA), which sponsored a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The CSA traditionally extends accolades to U.S.-based maritime companies twice a year – once in the summer, when awards are presented for sustained accident-free periods, and again near year’s end, when environmental recognition is given.


At the November event, companies earned 2012 CSA Environmental Achievement Awards for having operated “incident-free” for at least two years. The SIU-contracted companies that were recognized included Alaska Tanker Company, Crowley Maritime and many of its subsidiaries, E.N. Bisso & Son, Farrell Lines, American Overseas Marine, Harley Marine, Horizon Lines, Keystone, Maersk Line Limited, Moran Towing, OSG Ship Management, Patriot Contract Services, Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, U.S. Shipping Corporation, and U.S. Vessel Management.


According to the CSA, the average number of years operating without incident for vessels honored is 6.9 years, but roughly one-fourth of those recognized “have logged more than 10 years each of environmental excellence.”


Joseph J. Cox, president of CSA said, “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. 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.”


Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio, the agency’s assistant commandant for prevention policy, participated in the award ceremony and cited the great work performed by the industry.


According the CSA, the awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways. The organization 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.



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