The Chamber of Shipping of America recognized more than 70 vessels operated under contract with American Maritime Officers with the Jones F. Devlin Safety Achievement Award during the CSA annual awards luncheon June 5 in New Orleans, La.
Jones F. Devlin Awards are presented to companies with vessels that have operated for at least two years without a lost-time injury. Of the AMO-contracted vessels recognized this year, 15 have operated 10 years or more without a lost-time injury.
Additionally, the M/V Norfolk, operated by Argent Marine Operations Inc., was one of eight vessels recognized by CSA with a Citation of Merit. The officers and crew of the ship were recognized for rescuing four sailors earlier this year.
Since 1958, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has also sponsored the Safety Achievement Award program which recognizes outstanding feats of safety that contribute to saving a life, a ship or other property. This was the 60th anniversary of the program.
More than 200 people representing over 74 companies and organizations attended the annual event celebrating safety on the waterways.
Among the companies that own and/or operate vessels manned under contract by AMO recognized with the Devlin Award were American Roll-on/Roll-off Carrier; Crescent Towing; Crowley Liner Services; Intrepid Personnel & Provisioning (Crowley); Keystone Shipping Co. (Key Lakes); Ocean Duchess, Inc.; Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.; OSG Ship Management, Inc.; Seabulk Tankers, Inc.; Seabulk Towing, Inc.; Shell Ship Management, Ltd.; Teekay Corporation; TOTE Services, Inc.; and USS Vessel Management LLC.
Kathy Metcalf, CSA President said: "CSA's members are committed to safe operations and CSA's involvement in safety is longstanding with our ongoing commitment to represent the industry, domestically and internationally, on safety issues encompassing every facet of ship operations. It is only fitting that an industry so focused on safety, publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the women and men who have enabled these many years of safe operations and who are responsible for actions in keeping with the highest traditions of the sea - aid to those in peril."
The Chamber of Shipping of America represents U.S.-based companies that own, operate or charter merchant vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades, as well as entities that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such vessels.