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AMO-contracted vessels, companies recognized for environmental excellence

More than 90 vessels operated under contract with American Maritime Officers were among those recognized this year by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for attaining at least two years of environmental excellence in operations, with 22 vessels achieving 10 years or more without an incident.

The event was attended by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and by Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), ranking member on the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation in the House of Representatives, who addressed the attendees, congratulating participants on their exceptional performance.

"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. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously. Safe and environmentally responsible operations is a culture fully embraced by the maritime industry as a whole and as evidenced by the performances of the award recipients recognized tonight," said CSA President Kathy Metcalf.

Rear Adm. Linda Fagan, deputy commandant for operations, policy, and capabilities, United States Coast Guard, participated in the award ceremony and congratulated the award recipients and the industry as a whole for their extraordinary performance.

The awards were presented November 8 in Washington, D.C. CSA awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement to a total of 1,810 vessels, both domestic and foreign, which achieved a total of 15,307 years of operation without incident.

AMO-contracted companies operating vessels recognized for environmental excellence included Crescent Towing; Crowley Liner Services; General Dynamics American Overseas Marine; Intrepid Personnel and Provisioning (Crowley); Keystone Shipping Company (Key Lakes); Ocean Duchess, Inc.; Ocean Ships, Inc.; OSG Ship Management, Inc.; Seabulk Tankers, Inc.; Seabulk Towing, Inc.; TOTE Services, Inc.; and U.S. Shipping Corporation.

A listing of all vessels receiving Environmental Achievement Awards is available under "Press Releases" on the CSA website.

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