SIU-Crewed Ships Earn Safety Award


July 2013


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As usual, the SIU and its contracted operators were well-represented at the annual safety awards gathering hosted by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). This year’s event took place May 23 in New Orleans, and SIU-crewed vessels received many accolades.


The Horizon Reliance and the Crowley tug Explorer took home some of the top honors awarded for rescues, while numerous union-contracted companies earned awards for operating at least the last two years without a mariner involved in a lost-time injury.


The Horizon Lines vessel, in fact, received citations of merit for two separate rescues. The first saw the Jones Act ship save three people whose sailboat sank off Hawaii, while the second involved the rescue of an elderly man who suffered a stroke 1,100 miles off Oahu.


The crew of the Explorer received a letter of commendation helping rescue two people from a disabled vessel 30 miles west of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.


Altogether, the CSA represents 35 U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, containerships, and other 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.”


During the awards ceremony, CSA President Joseph Cox pointed out that since the group first convened in 1958, there’s been tremendous growth in the number of companies earning Jones F. Devlin awards (for extended periods without lost-time injuries).


“This extraordinary record is directly attributable to the professionalism of our seafarers and the dedication of shore-based company personnel to safe operation,” he said.


He added that the 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.”


Seafarers-contracted recipients of the 2012 Devlin awards included Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Maritime and several of its subsidiaries, E.N. Bisso & Son, Farrell Lines, American Overseas Marine (AMSEA), Harley Marine, Higman Barge Lines, Horizon Lines, Keystone Shipping, Maersk Line Limited, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, OSG Ship Management, Patriot Contract Services, Seabulk Tankers, Seabulk Towing, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) and USS Vessel Management.




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