Fednav and MARAD to receive NAMEPA 2015 Marine Environment Protection Awards
Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Tavlon, Maritime Solutions, Jefferies, Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network, Chris Koch, Dave Barry and Jack Gallagher also recognized
September 10, 2015 Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced that Fednav and the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) are the recipients of NAMEPA’s 2015 Marine Environment Protection Awards for Corporations and Government Agencies, respectively. The awards will be presented to Marc Gagnon, Fednav’s Director of Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance, and Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, MARAD’s Maritime Administrator, at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner to be held on October 29th at The Water Club in New York City. The dinner caps the daylong North American World Maritime Day conference.
“Fednav is honoured to receive this prestigious award as we strive to continuously reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our vessels, ” said Marc Gagnon. “Our recent announcement for an innovative solution for ballast water treatment illustrates Fednav’s objective of minimizing our footprint, particularly in the unique environment of the Great Lakes.”
“MARAD is working in multiple areas to reduce human impacts on the environment, ” said Administrator Jaenichen. “Our work in Suisun Bay, our investment in technological innovation, and our recent issuance of a study on emission abatement equipment all points to our efforts, afloat and ashore, to support cleaner seas and air.”
The NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award is given in recognition of an individual or organization’s efforts on behalf of preserving the marine environment as 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.
Other recipients of NAMEPA’s 2015 Awards include Massachusetts Maritime Academy for educational institutions, Tavlon’s ORCA (Oil Response Cleaning Apparatus) for environmental products, Maritime Solutions for innovations, Jefferies for financial services, Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network for associations, Chris Koch for lifetime achievement, and Gallagher Marine Systems’ Dave Barry and Jack Gallagher for individuals.
The first NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award was presented seven years ago posthumously to the founder of the MEPA movement, George P. Livanos who created HELMEPA over 30 years ago due to his interest and concern for the marine environment. Since then, award recipients have included Maersk, CLIA, Teekay, BSEE, Joe Cox, the American Salvage Association, and the Maritime Academy of Toledo.
The NAMEPA Awards Dinner will follow the North American World Maritime Day conference featuring Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, DNV GL’s Paal Johansen, Tim Curl of Nature Environmental & Marine Services, Jorge Duran of OAS/CIP, Lloyd’s Register’s Ginger Garte, Dr. Steve Coan of Sea Research Foundation, BIMCO’s Lars Pedersen, and others.
Tables for the NAMEPA Awards dinner, and tickets for the conference, may be obtained by going to www.namepa.net/upcoming-events/ or by calling +203 255 4686. Admittance is by reservation only and is limited.
The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) was officially launched in 2007. “Save Our Seas” is the mission of NAMEPA which is an independent, marine industry-led entity that engages industry, regulators, environmental groups, educators and the public by promoting sound environmental practices. NAMEPA is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the marine environment through educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean resources. For more information, go to www.namepa.net.