October 23, 2005
Maritime Ministry awards
The North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) announced that Teekay Shipping Corporation and Clay Maitland of International Registries, Inc, are the recipients of this year's maritime ministry awards.
The awards are given to a corporation and an individual who demonstrate a commitment to benefit seafarers. The awards will be presented on October 28 at NAMMA's Annual Conference Banquet being held in Montreal.
NAMMA is an alliance of over 150 nonprofit, faith-based agencies that assist seafarers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Founded in 1932, it sets standards for pastoral care of seafarers coping with spiritual, physical and legal challenges in the conduct of their jobs in the maritime field.
Teekay Shipping Corporation will receive NAMMA's Seafarer's Salute Award for its programs and practices benefiting its seafarers.
"Teekay has developed a program that exemplifies "best practices" in supporting seafarers", stated The Reverend James Von Dreele, President of NAMMA. "The company's policy is to prepare seafarers for their role at sea, and support them both on the water and on land."
Some of the programs offered by Teekay have been developed in collaboration with the Seafarer's International Research Center in Cardiff, Wales.
Guy E. C. (Clay) Maitland, Managing Partner of International Registries, Inc., is the 2005 recipient of the Joe R. Gerson Humanitarian Award for his efforts on behalf of seafarers.
"We are pleased to present this award to such a strong industry supporter" observed Father Von Dreele. "Clay is tireless in his efforts on behalf of the industry, singling out the issues surrounding seafarers as a special cause."
Teekay Shipping carries more than 10 percent of the world's seaborne oil. Its approach to safety extends beyond regulatory compliance. The company's Marine Operations Management System (MOMS) integrates health, safety, environment and quality management into one seamless system.
Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since 1968, and has been a prominent advocate on behalf of seafarers and the preservation of best practices in shipping. Most recently, Clay has been urging industry to dedicate resources to corporate responsibility programs focusing on seafarers. In addition to being a founding member of NAMMA's Advisory Board, Clay is a member of the Board of the Seamen's Church Institute and the Center for Seafarers' Rights. In 2003, Clay was given the Outstanding Friend of Seafarers Award by the Seafarers' International House in New York, and worked with the late Joe Gerson on the Scholarship Foundation for the State University of New York Maritime College.