U.S. Maritime Operations Cited For Outstanding Safety Records

Some two dozen United States maritime enterprises, including operators of ocean tankers, general cargoliner vessels, stevedoring and marine terminal facilities, towboats and military ships and shipyards were cited for outstanding records in industry safety.

Their achievements in prolonged accidentfree operations were recognized at a special Ship Safety Awards Luncheon at the New York Downtown Athletic Club, sponsored annually by the American Institute of Merchant Shipping (AIMS) and the Marine Section, National Safety Council (NSC). The two groups are leaders in nationwide efforts of the seagoing and shoreside maritime industry in promoting safety and health for its workers.

With Vice Adm. William F. Rea III, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's Atlantic Area and its Third District based on Governors Island, heading a gathering of upward of 100 industry and government officials on hand for the event, the winning organizations were singled out for safety accomplishments that, in some instances, range over many years. A total of 39 citations were involved in the program this year.

Two types of awards were presented. The Marine Section of NSC based its citations on safety activities over the past year and the awards were issued by Admiral Rea and Capt. Lars Pedersen, general chairman of the Marine Section. On the other hand, AIMS based its awards on accident-free operations over extended periods of time by Americanflag ocean vessels. Known as the Jones F.

Devlin Awards, the presentations were made by AIMS president James J. Reynolds and Capt. Jones F. Devlin, a former official with United States Lines Co., after whom the award is named.

A total of 12 companies were eligible to receive the Devlin Award this year, and 23 different ships were cited for continuous operations with no member of the crew missing a turn on watch due to injury.

The Devlin Award has three categories— a two-year minimum, a four-year minimum, and a five-year minimum. And, to underscore the remarkable nature of the safety achievements by such vessels in the AIMS program, six of the ships have operated in accidentfree status for between nine and 12 years.

In the five-year category, awards were presented to 10 vessels. They are Middleton and Ashland of Columbia Transportation; Ashley Lykes of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc.; New York Getty of Getty Fleet Corporation; Texaco Montana, Texaco Georgia, and Texaco Massachusetts of Texaco Inc.; Amoco Illinois of Standard Oil Company (Indiana), and American Ace and American Lark of United States Lines Co.

The four-year category of the AIMS Devlin Award included presentations to one vessel, the Louise Lykes of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co.

In addition, a total of 12 ships were eligible for awards in the two-year category.

They included the USNS Bartlett of Military Sealift Command; Exxon Baton Rouge of Exxon Company, USA; Ruth Lykes and Charlotte Lykes of Lykes Bros.; Mobil Aero of Mobil Oil Corporation; Providence Getty of Getty Fleet Corporation; Great Land of Interocean Management Corp.; Texaco California of Texaco Inc.; Amoco Connecticut of Amoco Shipping Co.; Delta Sud of Delta Steamship Lines Inc., and Pioneer Contender and Pioneer Crusader of United States Lines.

The Marine Section, National Safety Council awards went to Exxon Company, USAEverett, Mass., and Exxon Company, USALinden, N.J., based on accident-free operations in the past year.

In addition, 14 companies were otherwise cited for outstanding records last year. They included Boston Towboat Company; Nilo Barge Line, Inc.; American President Lines, Ltd.; American Steamship Co.; Ashland Petroleum Company-Marine Repair Terminal; Atlantic Cement Co.-Marine Division; Exxon Company, USA; Howland Hook Marine Terminal Corp.; Neptow Towing Co.; Oglebay Norton Co./Columbia Transportation Division; Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard; Pitts & Conneaut Dock Co.; Texaco Inc., and United Brands Co.

As leaders in maritime safety, AIMS and the Marine Section of NSC engage in a variety of programs designed to promote accident-free activity.

AIMS r e p r e s e n t s American-flag vessel companies throughout the country, and it is the largest such organization in the U.S.

merchant marine industry.

The Marine Section is one of 28 industrial components comprising the National Safety Council, and it is the largest organization in the U.S. ship industry devoted to safety.

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