Altogether, the 61 Foss vessels CSA recognized have gone a combined 543 years without an environmental incident, Seattle-based Foss Maritime says. For a handful of Foss vessels, the awards marked 20 years of operation without an environmental accident.
“When we talk with our customers, safety and the environment are the first things they bring up,” said Gary Faber, Foss’ president and chief operating officer in a company press release. “To be honored by the Chamber of Shipping for our environmental record is something that underscores all our efforts at Foss. It is part of our corporate culture.”
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, participated in the awards ceremony and congratulated the great work performed by the industry.
Charles W. Parks of Tesoro Corp. and CSA vice chairman said, “the great record evidenced by the ships and vessels is due to the dedication of the seafarers working on board and the support of shore operating personnel.”
“These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards,” added CSA president Joseph J. Cox. “In today’s world, it seems our industry only gets front-page news when spills or other environmental problems occur. It is encouraging to see how many vessels go for years achieving environmental excellence It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”