SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), a group representing the domestic maritime industry in New York and across the United States, has honored Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) with its 2013 Champion of Maritime Award.
Morton Bouchard III, President/CEO of N.Y.-based Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc., presents Rep. King (left) with the 2013 Champion of Maritime Award
The annual award recognizes an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication to and consistent support for the American maritime industry.
A member and former chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Rep. King represents New York's Second Congressional District, which is home to hundreds of high quality maritime jobs that are responsible for more than $38 million in economic activity.
During his time in Congress, Rep. King has been an outspoken advocate for a robust domestic maritime industry.
"Our nation's maritime industry is part of the foundation of America's national security. Last week marked the anniversary of the Boatlift of 9/11, when American maritime vessels rescued more than half a million people stranded on Manhattan after the attacks," said Rep. King. "Even 12 years later, we are reminded again why it is so very important to have a vibrant American maritime fleet that will always be there to support the people of our great nation."
"As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. King deeply understands the integral role that American maritime plays in our nation's safety and security," AMP Chairman Thomas Allegretti said. "He is a strong and unwavering advocate for the hard working men and women who make up our growing industry, and for that, we thank him as our Champion for 2013."