National Safety Council Marine Section Elects Capt. S. Fraser Sammis

Capt. S. Fraser Sammis, president of the National Cargo Bureau, New York, N.Y., and a longtime leader in ship i n d u s t ry safety, has been elected general chairman of the Marine Section of the National Safety Council for the coming year. He succeeds Capt. Lars N. Pedersen as chief executive of the largest organization in the United States marine industry engaged in reducing accidents and improving the health of its workers.

According to an announcement by the Executive Committee of the Marine S e c t i o n , Elizabeth Whitaker Tezza, secretary-treasurer of Palmetto Shipping & Stevedoring Co., Inc., Charleston, S.C., was also elected as deputy general chairman.

In addition, the organization announced the election of three vice-general chairmen and a secretary for the coming year. They are: Capt. Merle L. Harbourt, American Waterway Operators of New Orleans, La.; James L. Linane, vice president of Johnson & Higgins, New York, N.Y.; and Edward F. Mclntyre, director of Safety and Loss Prevention, Farrell Lines Incorporated of New York, N.Y. Capt. Hugh M. Stephens, president of Ships' Operational Safety, Inc., Port Washington Harbor, N.Y., was elected secretary.

In reporting its new slate of officers, Marine Section also announced that Captain Pedersen will take over as chairman of its Advisory Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Captain Sammis has served as president of National Cargo Bureau for the past four years, and has been with the bureau for 21 years in a variety of positions.

These included the post of chief surveyor, a role he handled for three years prior to his election as president in 1974.

The election of new officers of the 1978-79 year was among highlights of the three-day convention and seminar that the Marine Section held in the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, 111. The group represents virtually all elements of maritime industry activity in the U.S., including stevedoring and marine terminal operations, shipbuilding and repair, vessel operations of oceangoing and inland ship companies, barging and towing, fisheries, and offshore oil activity. The Marine Section is one of 28 industrial groups comprising the National Safety Council, all of which met at the convention.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 49,  Nov 1978

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