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Friday, March 4, 2016

ILWU Recognizes Foss, Others for Safety

By Mark Edward Nero

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union Marine Clerks Local 52 has recognized Foss Maritime, Shell Oil and Jones Stevedoring for the zero injuries that occurred at Terminal 5 between March 2015 and February 2016.

The first-ever safety award given by ILWU Local 52 was presented to Foss and partners Shell and Jones Stevedoring at the ILWU’s Annual Safety Banquet in SeaTac, Wash. on March 2.

“It's a real credit to the hard work of our dedicated Foss employees and also to our stevedore partner Jones Stevedoring, and to the trust of our customer, Shell,” Foss President & CEO Paul Stevens said in a statement.

Terminal 5 is the second largest terminal at the Port of Seattle. By the close of 2015 Foss had accumulated about 168,000 people hours at the terminal without an injury, according to union data.

“From the first day at Terminal 5, Foss, Shell and Jones worked hard to establish a safety culture that went above and beyond the normal safety practices on the waterfront,” Jones Stevedoring Vice President Rob Bohlman said.

“Local 52 members embrace being part of Foss’ Always Safe, Always Ready culture,” Max Vekich of the ILWU Local 52 Labor Relations Committee said in a letter announcing the award.

“It says an awful lot when your efforts are appreciated by those who are impacted the most, and when they see positive results from those efforts,” said Dale Snyder, vice president of Alaska Operations for Shell. “Well done Foss and your team.”