Tuesday, November 23, 2010

US Shipping Group Delighted With Vessel Safety Awards

Crowley Maritime Scoop Almost 8% of Honours
Shipping News Feature

US – Jacksonville based Crowley Maritime Corporation, part of the Crowley Holdings Group, which operates a range of services from break bulk and container shipping to salvage and harbour support were delighted to announce today that they have been awarded 85 Certificates of Environmental Achievement for 2010 during a Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) awards ceremony in Washington, DC. CSA represents 33 U.S. based companies that either own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships, dry bulk vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades.

The awards are open to all owners and operators of vessels that operate on oceans or inland waterways. This year, nearly 1,100 vessels owned by 68 companies, including Crowley, were recognized. Crowley's vessels together achieved a total of 664 years of service without incident. Forty of Crowley's vessels have gone without incident for 10 or more consecutive years.

Chamber of Shipping of America president and CEO Joseph J. Cox said whilst presenting the awards:

"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."

Captain Victor Goldberg, Crowley's vice president of marine operations for petroleum services commented:

"This recognition is a testament to the rigorous work of our crews who ensure our vessels operate safely and in an environmentally responsible manner. Our vessels undertake at least one load and one discharge per week. Thus in a 52-week period, they have well over 100 instances of cargo operations. Our crews know that carrying oil is a high-stakes business with no room for error."

Photo: Caption, left to right: Christian Colletti, port engineer; David Eldridge, chief engineer, Cape Wrath; Rob Grune, senior vice president, general manager; David T. Masuda, maritime administrator, CSA; John Tronti, director, Maritime Trailer Lines; Captain Vic Goldberg, vice president, operations