Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Amver Awards in Greece

Once more the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus in cooperation with the American Embassy and the United States Coast Guard, organized the Amver Awards Dinner.

The ceremony took place on the 23rd of October at the Intercontinental Hotel. During the event 120 Greek shipping companies received 836 awards on behalf of their vessels which participate in the Amver system.

For a second year Greece was No.1 in number of awards. It is worthy mentioning that this year the Amver System celebrates 50 years of ensuring no call for help goes unanswered.

Before the presentation of the Amver awards the president of the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, Nikolaos Tsavliris, presented special rescue awards certificates to TSAKOS SHIPPING and TRADING S.A, ARCADIA SHIPMANAGEMENT Co.Ltd, MARMARAS NAVIGATION Ltd, OMEGA NAVIGATION ENTERPRISES Inc., OSG SHIP MANΑGEMENT (GR) Ltd, as the crews of their vessels participated in rescue cases and saved 58 lives.

The Amver Awards were presented by the Deputy Minister of Merchant Marine, Aegean & Policy Islands ,Panos Kammenos, Deborah McCarthy, Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy ,by Rear Admiral Theodore Rentzeperis Commandant of the Greek Coast Guard and Captain John Koster, Commander of the United States Coast Guard Activities Europe.

At the end of the ceremony Nicholaos Pappadakis, President of Intertanko and 1st Vice President of the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus presented a commemorative plaque to Captain John Koster on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Amver System.

Present at the dinner were George Gratsos President of the Greek Chamber of Shipping, Ioannis Halas ,General Secretary of P.N.O. ,shipowner Nikos Tsakos and his wife Mrs.Sylia Tsakos, shipowner Evan J. Breibart, Markos Foros International Second Vice President of the Propeller Club of the United States, Vassilis Logothetis of Empros Lines, Ioannis Platsidakis of Anangel Maritime Services, Mr. Pavlos Stratis Andreadis of the Commercial Trading and Discount Co. , Mr. Costis Constantacopoulos of Costamare, Mr. George Prokopiou CEO of Dynacom Tankers, Mr. Marcos Tripolitis of Majestic International Cruises, Alexandros Tourkolias, General Director of Corporate and Investment of NBG, Demetrios Vassilakos, Director of Department of Shipping Business of NBG, Mr. Antonios Stamos, Faraklas of the Chartworld Shipping Corp., Despina Foros-Tsirozidis, General Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club, Μr. Iakovos Perantinos of Atlantic Bulk Carriers, John Kalafatides of Chevron FAMM Hellas , Demetrios Zorbalas, members of the club, members of the Board of Governors, representatives of the shipping, banking community and press.

Amver thanks the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus and the entire Greek shipping community for their support and dedication.

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