Friday, May 25, 2012

US Environmental Awards to Container, Bulk and Inland Waterway Freight Groups

APL and Maersk Amongst Select Few
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – In common with so many of the world’s other big bulk cargo and shipping container groups APL, seventh largest box carrier and Neptune Orient Lines subsidiary, is making efforts to clean up the image of the ocean borne freight sector by vowing to reduce its overall carbon emissions by 30% in the next three years. This week the company received a pat on the back from the US Coast Guard by scooping the prestigious biennial Osprey award for its efforts.

The silver award winner in the large vessel category was Maersk Line with Maersk Tankers taking the foreign vessel category strongly challenged by the much smaller Turkish based dry bulk operation of Ya-Sa Gemi Isletmeciligi ve ticaret a.s. All the award winners were announced during the American Petroleum Institute (API)Tanker Conference in Orlando which ended on Tuesday. The Gold award was collected by AEP River Operations based out of St. Louis which ships dry bulk cargoes throughout the North American inland waterway system whilst Seattle based Holland America picked up the foreign vessel category.

The small vessel category award went to the U.S. Shipping Corporation based out of Edison, New Jersey which runs a small fleet of articulated barges and tankers with Portland Pipeline based in South Portland, Maine winning in the small facility category.

The Benkert Award recognizes maritime businesses and corporations with outstanding accomplishments that extend far beyond compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. The Osprey is rarely presented, and is given as the highest level of distinction when an organization clearly exceeds all review criteria expectations. The Osprey award is the highest level of recognition within the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award, considered the premier environmental award in the U.S. maritime industry and Kevin Krick, Director for Environmental Affairs in APL, who received the award from U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp at the API Conference said:

“We are very proud to earn this top accolade, which is reserved for the most significant environmental achievements. APL’s commitment to sustainable global trade is evidenced through our investments in green technology. We hope that our award win will serve as an industry benchmark and encourage others to similarly strive for environmental improvements.”

Photo: The APL vessel President Tyler in 1960 launched and pictured in San Francisco Bay. The combined break bulk cargo and container vessel was finally scrapped last year. Courtesy APL