Annual Gathering Recognizes SIU Crews, Others
Several SIU- and CIVMAR-crewed ships as well as an individual Seafarer were recognized at this year’s Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) awards dinner.
Hosted by the United Seamen’s Service, the event took place Nov. 2 in New York City. The top awards went to Paul Doell, national president of the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers; Salvador Bruno, president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA; and Raymond F. Fitzgerald, chairman of the ARC Group.
The SIU-crewed MV Norfolk(operated by Argent Marine) and tractor tug Michelle Sloan (Harley Marine Services) each received AOTOS Mariners Plaques for rescues, as did the CIVMAR-crewed Military Sealift Command ships USNS Yuma and USNS Trenton. Additionally, AB Leo Onofrio earned an AOTOS Mariners Rosette for extinguishing a fire aboard the MV Patriot.
The SIU was out in force for the gathering. Attendees included President Michael Sacco, Executive Vice President Augie Tellez, Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel, Vice President Contracts George Tricker, Vice President Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi, Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey, Vice President Great Lakes and Inland Waters Tom Orzechowski, Political and Legislative Director Brian Schoeneman, Port Agent Mark von Siegel, Port Agent Joe Baselice, Safety Director Osvaldo Ramos and Chief Counsel Leslie Tarantola. Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen also attended.