Helping protect the environment has long been an important part of the job for Seafarers and SIU-contracted companies, and a number of them recently were honored for such efforts.
During an annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) ceremony Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C., some 20 SIU-contracted companies received CSA Certificates of Environmental Achievement. According to the sponsor, the average number of years operating without incident for ships and vessels that received awards is 6.9 years. Many have logged more than 10 years each of environmental excellence.
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, assistant commandant for prevention policy, participated in the award ceremony and congratulated the honorees. Acting Maritime Administrator Chip Jaenichen also attended and saluted the environmental accomplishments of the mariners and businesses.
Joseph J. Cox, president of the 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.”
The CSA traditionally recognizes U.S.-based maritime companies twice a year – once in the summer, when awards are given for sustained accident-free periods, and again near year’s end, when environmental accolades are given. (The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels sailing on oceans or inland waterways. Participation guidance is found on CSA’s website: www.knowships.org.)
The SIU-contracted companies that received environmental awards in November included Alaska Tanker Company, Crowley Maritime Corporation and several of its subsidiaries including Marine Transport Lines, E.N. Bisso & Son Inc., Farrell Lines, American Overseas Marine (AMSEA), Harley Marine Services, Horizon Lines, and Keystone Shipping.
Also earning recognition were Maersk Line, Limited, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, OSG Ship Management, Pasha Shipping Group, Patriot Contract Services, Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, U.S. Shipping Corp., and USS Vessel Management.