On Thursday April 23, 2009, the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, in cooperation with the American Embassy in Greece, organized an awards reception at the Yacht Club of Greece to honor former Club president Captain Sava Kalafatides.
Commandant of the United States Coast Guard Admiral Thad W. Allen presented the Distinguished Public Service Award to Captain Kalafatides in recognition of his work promoting the Amver system and awards in Greece.
United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen pins the Distinguished Public Service Award on Captain Sava Kalafatides.
The President of the Propeller Club in Greece, Mr. Nikolaos Tsavliris, presided over the event and extended greetings and a warm welcome to Commandant Allen and guests. Mr. Tsavliris congratulated Captain Kalafatides for his continuous and valuable efforts to promote and encourage Greek owned fleet participation in the Amver program, leading Greece to the top position worldwide.
Admiral Allen, upon presenting the highest award for U.S. public service to Captain Kalafatides, stated that Captain Kalafatides used his broad experience and convinced the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus to work together with the U.S. Embassy to sponsor the Amver Awards. This partnership has helped Greece become the leader in Amver awards. Admiral Allen went on to say "...without Mr. Kalafatides's dedication to the Amver program, a cornerstone of the U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue system, the Amver system would not be as strong as it is today."
United States Ambassador to Greece, Daniel V. Speckhard, also commended Captain Kalafatides for his contribution to the Amver system.
Captain Kalafatides thanked all the members of the Propeller Club for their presence and acknowledged that this award was the result of a collective effort. He expressed his gratitude to Mr. George Angeles, former president of Propeller Club who he collaborated with to expand the Greek Amver awards. Captain Kalafatides also thanked, above all, the Greek ship owners, their executives, and crews who have committed themselves to safety and have embraced the Amver program.
Captain Kalafatides (far right) accompanied by his son, wife, and Admiral Allen.
We are pleased to see Captain Kalafatides, known affectionately as Kal, recognized for his efforts in promoting Amver. He is a tremendous friend of the program and we are thankful for his efforts.
Photo credit: Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus