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July 27, 2009

Owners invited to submit vessels for Environmental Achievement Awards

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) is inviting companies to participate in the Environmental Achievement Award Program administered by CSA.

"CSA's Board of Directors initiated this award program six years ago," said Joseph J. Cox, President of CSA. "This is a great opportunity for owners and operators to recognize the accomplishments of their mariners and shore-side staff. While the public hear of instances when there are environmental problems, we want them to know that this industry has an excellent record of environmental accomplishment. We have seen a growing awareness of this program among the industry since we began. Last year, 873 vessels owned or operated by fifty-five companies received awards totaling 5,951 years of environmental excellent operation. This is a tremendous accomplishment by the industry and one that is not well known. We initiated these awards to let our seagoing and shore-side personnel know that we appreciate all they do as professional stewards of our marine environment. The award is available to all owners and operators, whether or not a CSA member. The Board encourages all vessel owners and operators to nominate their compliant vessels for this award."

Vessels eligible as of 31 August 2009 will be accepted.

To be eligible for the award, a vessel must have for at least a two-year period:

No reportable spills (a report of a "potential spill" is not disqualifying);
No U.S. Coast Guard citations for violations of MARPOL;
No port state citations for violations of MARPOL; and,
No violations of state/local pollution regulations.

Vessels are eligible for awards beyond the initial two year period. Cox said that the vast majority of the vessels receiving awards last year were for performance beyond the initial two year qualifying period.

The awards are given to the recipients at a dinner ceremony in Washington, DC in the fall which is attended by high-level Coast Guard, Maritime Administration, EPA and other government agency personnel. Please log onto CSA's website www.knowships.org for all the details of the 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards, the dinner and hotel reservations.

The deadline for submitting vessel entries is Friday, September 18, 2009.


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