SIU-Contracted Companies Capture Safety Awards


July 2015


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SIU-contracted companies customarily claim a healthy share of the Chamber of Shipping of America’s (CSA) spring safety awards, and this year proved no exception. Nearly 200 people attended the CSA’s awards luncheon May 28 in New Orleans, where numerous Seafarers-contracted operators were recognized.


The CSA has sponsored this program since 1958. It’s a vehicle for recognizing “outstanding feats of safety that contribute to saving a life, a ship or other property” as well as honoring “vessels that have operated for at least two years without a seafarer involved in a lost-time injury,” according to the association.


In opening remarks, CSA President Joseph J. Cox stated, “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.”


Speaking about the accident-free voyages, he added, “This extraordinary record is directly attributable to the professionalism of our seafarers and the dedication of shore-based company personnel to safe operation.”


SIU-contracted companied that received commendations for rescues included Harley Marine, Seabulk Tankers, Matson Navigation, and Crescent Towing.


Recognition for incident-free operations comes in the form of Jones F. Devlin awards (named in memory of a late executive from United States Lines). SIUcontracted companies earning the awards at the most recent gathering included Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Maritime and several of its subsidiaries, E.N. Bisso & Son, Farrell Lines, General Dynamics-American Overseas Marine (AMSEA), Harley Marine, Higman Barge Lines, Keystone Shipping, and Maersk Line, Limited.


Additional Seafarers-contracted companies earning awards included Moran Towing, Ocean Shipholdings, OSG Ship Management, Pasha Hawaii, Patriot Contract Services, Sea Star Line, Seabulk Tankers, Seabulk Towing, and TOTE Services, Inc.


The CSA represents 35 U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, containerships 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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