Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Crowley, Foss Receive Safety Awards

By Mark Edward Nero

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) recently recognized hundreds of vessels for their outstanding safety records by naming them Jones F. Devlin award winners at the CSA Annual Safety Awards Luncheon May 29 in New Orleans.

Crowley Maritime saw 75 of its vessels recognized, while Foss Maritime had 73 vessels honored for outstanding safety records.

The Jones F. Devlin award is given to self-propelled merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury. The award publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the men and women who are responsible for those safe vessel operations.

Crowley’s Devlin Award-winning vessels together have achieved a total of 510 years of service without a lost time injury. Of the 75 awarded, 19 have gone without incident for 10 or more consecutive years.

“Safety is at the top of Crowley’s core values and strategic goals,” Mike Golonka, vice president, ship management, said. “The vessels receiving Devlin Awards exemplify this Crowley core value, because they live it every day – for themselves, their families and Crowley.”

The Foss vessels achieved the equivalent of 483 years without a lost-time injury. Of Foss’ 73 awarded vessels, 57 achieved five or more years of incident-free operation, with 10 of those vessels attaining ten or more years.

“We’re very proud of our program, training, resources and operations,” Foss President and CEO Paul Stevens said. “. The men and women of Foss, who work hard to earn us this recognition, are our greatest asset and their safety and well-being are our highest priority.”