By Mark Edward Nero
Harley Marine Services has been named the corporate recipient of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association 2016 Marine Environment Protection Awards.
The NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award is given in recognition of an individual or organization’s efforts in environmental stewardship, exemplified by a commitment to a program which has specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement, and which is innovative and goes beyond minimum environmental compliance.
Eligible candidates include members of the commercial maritime industry, government agencies, educational organizations, associations and individuals. Submissions are judged by the organization’s board of directors against the criteria behind the award.
The awards will be presented at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner, set for Oct. 27 at Pier A in New York City. The dinner caps the North American World Maritime Day conference.
“We are thrilled and honored to win this award. We take great pride in the work we have done to cultivate the best environmental stewardship possible. Harley Franco, our founder and chairman’s original vision and commitment for environmental stewardship has been clear from the inception of the company,” Harley Marine Services Vice President of Quality/Risk Management Deborah Franco said. “Our programs involve every component and entity of Harley Marine’s family of companies. Every individual has an opportunity to truly make a difference and take pride in the results.”
Other recipients of NAMEPA’s 2016 awards include the National Ocean Council for government agencies; Ocean Conservancy for nonprofits; Maritime Academy Charter School of Philadelphia for maritime education; OBOCS’ onboard oil containment system for innovations; NOAA’s chemical aquatic fate and effects database for environmental products; and the North American Maritime Ministry Association for seafarers’ foundations.
The late US Rep. Helen Delich Bentley is to receive a special posthumous lifetime achievement award.