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For Immediate Release
June 3, 2003

U.S. maritime industry publicly recognizes the women and men responsible for safe ship operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on May 29, 2003. Over 170 people, representing 42 companies, attended the annual industry-sponsored event.

Since the mid-1950’s, the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has sponsored two safety programs – the Jones F. Devlin and Ship Safety Achievement Awards. Jones F. Devlin Awards are awarded to vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a lost-time accident and Ship Safety Achievement Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding feats of safety that contribute to saving a life or a ship.

In opening remarks, Joseph J. Cox, CSA President said: “CSA’s involvement in safety is longstanding. We continue to represent the industry, domestically and internationally, on safety issues encompassing every facet of ship operations. It is therefore only fitting that an industry so focused on safety, publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the women and men who are responsible for safe ship operations and for actions in keeping with the highest traditions of the sea – aid to those in peril.”

This year, Highest Honors went to two vessels. The M/V AUTOMOBIL ACE of SEIWA Navigation Corporation, Ltd. for successful recovery and eventual airlift of two ill crewmen aboard a sailing vessel in the Pacific Ocean, regrettably, with the loss of life of the ship’s bos’n during recovery operations. The Tugboat BEARCAT of Westar Marine Services also received Highest Honors for without regard to personal safety, the crew, and, in particular, Captain Eugene Orloff, for the rescue of the driver of a submerged vehicle in Richmond, CA. Captain Orloff, upon observing the of control vehicle as it hit the water, jumped into the water, dove down to the passenger compartment, successfully opened the jammed door and assisted the driver, who was unable to swim, to safety ashore.

The CSX DISCOVERY of Horizon Lines, LLC received Citation of Merit for search and rescue under adverse weather conditions and at great personal risk in conducting a flawless recovery of the entire crew of a disabled sailboat in calendar year 2002. Citations of Merit were also awarded to the C/S NORWEGIAN STAR of Farsund Shipping ASA; the M/V OSPREY of Exxon Mobil Corporation; the CROSBY FAITH of Crosby Tugs, LLC; the SS FREDERICKSBURG of Fredericksburg Shipping Co.; the S/R SAN JACINTO and S/R BEAUMONT of SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.; the GULF RAMBLER, MADONNA TIDE, TERRY TIDE, CARLSON TIDE, and the DICKERSON TIDE of Tidewater Marine, L.L.C. and the SEA-LAND INNOVATOR of U.S. Ship Management, Inc.

The PATRICIA GAIL of AEP/MEMCO LLC; the M/V JEFFREY A. RAIKE of American Electric Power–River Transportation Division, the ASHLEY LAY of B & H Towing, Inc.; the C/S HARMONY of Crystal Cruises, Inc.; the M/V TREIN MAERSK of The Maersk Company, Ltd.; the M/V RICKMERS HAMBURG of Rickmers Reederei GmbH Cie.KG; the M/V MOL VALPARAISO of Masumoto Shipping Company; the M/V NECHES of Kirby Inland Marine, Inc.; the MORMACSUN of Marine Transport Lines; the PERSEVERANCE of Maritrans; the S/R CARQUINEZ and S/R LONG BEACH of SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.; and the RUSSELL TIDE of Tidewater Marine, L.L.C. were awarded Letters of Commendation.

The 2002 Jones F. Devlin Awards were presented to 697 vessels representing 38 shipping companies.

Recipients of the 2002 Jones F. Devlin Awards were AEP/MEMCO LLC, AHL Shipping Company; Alaska Tanker Company, LLC; American Commercial Barge Line; American Commercial Barge Line de Venezuela; American Electric Power; River Transportation Division; Canal Barge Company, Inc.; ChevronTexaco Shipping Company LLC; Crescent Towing Company; Crosby Tugs, LLC; Dixie Offshore Transportation; Horizon Lines; LLC, Ingram Barge Company; Interocean Ugland Management Corporation; Keystone Shipping Co.; Kilgore Offshore, Inc.; Kirby Inland Marine; Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC; Marine Transport Corporation; Moran Towing Corporation; Ocean Ships, Inc.; Petroleum Service Corporation; Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co.; Reinauer Transportation Companies; Seabulk International, Inc.; SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.; Southern Towing Company; TECO Barge Line; TECO Ocean Shipping; Teekay Shipping; Tidewater Marine, Inc.; Totem Ocean Trailer Express; U.S. Ship Management, Inc.; United States Shipping, LLC; Vela International Marine Ltd.; Weeks Marine, Inc.; Westar Marine Services; and Western Towing Company.

The Chamber of Shipping of America represents 23 U.S. based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships, and other merchant vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades and other entities that maintain a commercial interest in the operation of such oceangoing vessels.

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