NOVEMBER 29, 2012 — Maersk Line, Limited (MLL), the Maersk Group's U.S.-flag operation, was presented with two awards earlier this month for its continued and longstanding efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. MLL received awards from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).
"The awards are inspiring and reflect MLL's sincere efforts to act with constant care in all that we do, especially as stewards of the maritime environment," said Ed Hanley, Vice President of Labor Relations and Marine Safety and Standards. "MLL accepts these awards on behalf of those colleagues and crew who everyday are on the watch for potential environmental hazards." Hanley and Sean Kline, Director of Marine Safety and Standards, were present at the receptions to accept the awards.
Thirty-nine vessels operated by MLL were awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement from CSA on November 13, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period with no reportable spills, 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. Admiral John P. Currier, USCG, Vice Commandant presented the certificates during the Chamber of Shipping 9th annual dinner award program.
Joseph Cox, President of CSA stated, "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. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously."
On November 15, 2012, NAMEPA awarded MLL the Corporate Agency Marine Environment Protection Award during an event celebrating their fifth year anniversary. The well attended celebration and awards ceremony for corporations, individuals, associations, organizations, schools, and universities was held at Chelsea Piers' The Lighthouse in New York City. NAMEPA was founded in 2007 and is a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment. The organization is considered an industry voice, a catalyst for education and a partner for the industry, governments, maritime academies, and scholars. This award was given to MLL in recognition of its efforts to preserve the marine environment. As an honoree, MLL was recognized for its efforts to "Save the Sea", a NAMEPA goal that encourages the maritime industry to practice and promote the protection of the marine environment.