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Posted: November 21, 2012

AMO-contracted vessels earn Environmental Achievement Awards

More than 90 vessels manned by members of American Maritime Officers were among those recognized this month by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with Environmental Achievement Awards for 2012 for attaining at least two years of environmental excellence in operations, with 14 vessels achieving 10 years or more without an incident.

"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," said Joseph Cox, president of the CSA. "It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously."

The awards were presented during a ceremony held Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. Certificates of Environmental Achievement were presented to a total of 1,277 vessels, of both U.S. and foreign registry, which have operated an average of 6.9 years without incident.

Companies recognized for environmental excellence that operate vessels under contract with AMO included Crowley Liner Services; Crowley Technical Management; General Dynamics-American Overseas Marine; Keystone Shipping Company (Key Lakes); Maersk Line, Limited; Ocean Shipholdings, Inc.; Ocean Duchess, Inc.; OSG Ship Management, Inc.; Sea Star Line, LLC; Seabulk Tankers, Inc.; TOTE Services, Inc.; and USS Vessel Management LLC.

A listing of all vessels receiving Certificates of Environmental Achievement for 2012 is on the CSA website, and is available under the link to "Press Releases."