SIU-Contracted Companies Win Awards


January 2015


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Underscoring the importance of protecting the planet, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) recently presented its annual Certificates of Environmental Achievement to numerous
SIU-contracted companies along with other recipients. The recognition took place Nov. 13 at a dinner ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The CSA noted the average number of years “operating without incident” for vessels and boats receiving awards is 6.9 years, and almost 25 percent of those ships “have logged more than 10 years each of environmental excellence.”

CSA President Joseph Cox stated, “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shoreside 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.”


U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, the agency’s deputy commandant for operations, participated in the ceremony and congratulated the honorees.

SIU-contracted companies receiving environmental awards in the nation’s capital included Alaska Tanker Company, Crowley Maritime and several of its subsidiaries including
Marine Transport Lines, E.N. Bisso & Son, General Dynamics-American Overseas Marine (AMSEA), Harley Marine Services, Horizon Lines, and Keystone Shipping.

Additional Seafarers-contracted companies earning recognition were Maersk Line, Limited, Farrell Lines, Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, OSG Ship Management, Patriot Contract
Services, Seabulk Tankers, TOTE Services, Pasha Hawaii, Sea Star Line, and U.S. Shipping Corporation.


As previously reported, the CSA normally recognizes U.S.-based maritime companies twice a year. Awards are given in the summer for sustained accident-free periods, and near year’s end for environmental safety. More information about the awards programs may be found on the CSA’s website:


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