Thursday, May 23, 2013

Seattle Maritime Environmental, Leadership Awards Presented

Crowley Maritime Corp. received the award for Comprehensive Environmental Management Programs during the annual Marine Environmental Business Awards May 16 in Seattle, and other local and regional companies and individuals were also honored during the event.

The awards spotlight maritime industry businesses in the Pacific Northwest for their environmental leadership and commitment to and support of Port of Seattle anti-pollution initiatives.

Crowley Maritime was lauded by the awards’ sponsors for the company’s early interest in keeping Puget Sound waters clean as well as its strong culture of environmental stewardship, which began decades ago with a commitment to spill management. The company’s ongoing environmental leadership has been recognized over the years by national and local governments, as well as major ports on the US West Coast.

This year’s award for Environmental Initiatives went to Harley Marine Services for its new energy efficient and environmentally friendly world headquarters, the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center. Among other environmental features, the facility is Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, demonstrating the company’s commitment to continual improvement in environmental performance.

The awards were presented at the 62nd Annual Maritime Festival Luncheon during the annual Seattle Maritime Festival, which is sponsored by Vigor Industrial, the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club.

The Seattle Propeller Club also presented annual awards recognizing leadership in the maritime community during the luncheon. The winner of the 2013 Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award was Marine Exchange of Puget Sound Executive Director Capt. John Veentjer, who was recognized for his long and distinguished career.

The Propeller Club’s 2013 Public Official of the Year Award is Capt. John Dwyer, Officer In Charge, Marine Inspection and the Chief of the Inspection Division at US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

The award recognizes the contributions and support of a local, state, or federal policymaker or official who has demonstrated an understanding and appreciation for the maritime industry and those who earn a living from it.