Also earning accolades were ports throughout the Western Hemisphere,
Kongsberg Maritime and ORBCOMM.
The United Seamen’s Service has announced that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will receive the 2019 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award for her career-long commitment to the maritime industry.
Previously announced recipients of the 2019 award are James Given, president of the Seafarers International Union of Canada; Anil Mathur, president and CEO of Alaska Tanker Corp.; and Joseph Pyne, chairman of the board of the Kirby Corp.
The awards will be presented at the 50th annual AOTOS gala Nov. 1 in New York City.
Chao assumed her current position Jan. 31, 2017. She previously was the secretary of labor under President George W. Bush.
She began her executive career in public service working on transportation issues at the White House. Chao then served as deputy maritime administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation, chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and deputy secretary of the USDOT.
“As U.S. secretary of transportation, Secretary Chao has been one of the strongest advocates for the U.S. maritime industry in department history,” the award announcement said. “She has consistently reiterated the need for a modern U.S.-flag fleet, crewed by skilled U.S. merchant mariners, as an important component of U.S. national security. To that end, more funding for MARAD has been requested than in any previous administration’s budgets — $682 million for FY 2020.”
Thirty-one of the American Association of Port Authorities’ 130 member seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere have earned one or more awards for exemplary communications projects and programs.
This was the 53rd year for the communications awards program.
The recipients of the 2019 Overall Award of Communications Excellence trophies are the Port of San Diego (Category 3), Port of New Orleans (Category 2) and Port Milwaukee (Category 1).
Each of the three overall winners represents a different category of port, based on the size of its public relations, advertising and marketing budget.
“This competition helps our member ports by rewarding strategic communications through peer-reviewed analyses of their programs and projects and by showcasing best practices and lessons learned,” said AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle.
Thirty-two public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C., area cumulatively spent 128 hours over two weeks judging the 15 classifications of entries, ranging from advertisements, periodicals, videos and websites to social media and overall campaigns.
All 75 winning entries are available on the AAPA communication awards program webpage.
Kongsberg Maritime received two prizes at the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards in Amsterdam on Thursday.
The company received the Innovation of the Year award for its SAVe Energy lithium-ion energy storage system and the Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year prize for its contribution to the industry over the last 12 months.
Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company. Headquartered in Norway, Kongsberg has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 34 countries.
SAVe Energy was recognized as a cost-efficient, low-loss system that can significantly lower CO2, NOx and SOx from ships by making environmentally sustainable electric power more accessible.
The award for Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year has criteria including product innovation, profitability and commercial success, identifying and establishing new manufacturing and R&D centers and winning new business.
ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of machine-to-machine and Internet of Things solutions, announced its intermodal container telematics solutions, CT 3000, was recognized earlier this month at the 17th annual American Business Awards in New York City with a 2019 Gold Stevie Award in the new transportation products category.
CT 3000 also recently earned the 2019 IoT Innovations Award from Connected World magazine and the 2019 Industrial IoT Product of the Year Award from IoT Evolution World magazine.
CT 3000 provides remote monitoring and control of refrigerated containers traveling by land, rail or sea. The device connects directly to the reefer to enable real-time alerts and two-way control, allowing operators to quickly react to discrepancies and remotely adjust temperature and humidity levels to ensure temperature compliance and minimize spoilage.
The Port of Long Beach was named the Best West Coast Seaport in North America last week at the 33rd annual Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong.
The awards are presented by shipping trade publication Asia Cargo News. The award winners are determined by importers, exporters and logistics and supply chain professionals.
“We’ve invested $4 billion in modernization projects over the last 10 years in a program designed to provide our supply chain partners with the services and facilities they need to move their goods rapidly and efficiently,” said Tracy Egoscue, president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission.
Mario Cordero, the port’s executive director, added, “We’ll continue our focus on ensuring the port remains the premier gateway for transpacific trade.”