2009 AMVER AWARDS
Keeping the tradition alive, the International Propeller Club of the United States, International Port of Piraeus in cooperation with the American Embassy and the United States Coast Guard organized the AMVER Awards dinner.
The President of the Propeller Club Mr. Nicky Pappadakis welcomed attending guests and the Gen. Secretary Mrs D. Foros-Tsirozidis read greetings from the Greek Minister of Economy, Competitiveness & Shipping Mrs. Louka Katseli . Mr. Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary Bureau of Political Military Affairs addressed guests with a speech . The representative of United States Coast Guard, RADM Mrs. Sally Brice O’Hara, gave her remarks, and referred extensively to the importance of the AMVER system.
Before the AMVER Awards nomination, the President of the Propeller Club Mr. Nicky Pappadakis along with the President of UGS Mr. Theodoros Veniamis presented the first Honorary Rescue Award to the pilot of SUPER PUMA of the 112 Wing of Battle, for the successful transportation of a crew member from vessel ZIM SHANGAI to the hospital of Kalamata, due to cardiac arrest.
Afterwards Mr. Xiradakis, Maritime Committee Coordinatior, presented the rest of special awards to the Captains and the crews of the following vessels for rescue attempts, during accidents at sea.
– M/V PARTHENON Cpt.Lazaros Vassiliadis of TSAKOS SHIPPING and TRADING S.A
– M/ V CLEAN SEAS Cpt. VIKTOR TRETYAKOV of ALLSEAS MARINE S.A.
– MAERSK MYTILINI Cpt.Ioannis Anagnostou of DANAOS SHIPPING Co. Ltd.
– M/V FREY Cpt. GERMAN SERGEYEV of UNIMED GLORY S.A.member of LAVINIA CORP.
– M/V FRIGG Cpt. OLE PER ENEBAKKb of UNIMED GLORY S.A.member of LAVINIA CORP.
– M/V ODIN Cpt. NIKOLAY ILNITSKIY of UNIMED GLORY S.A.member of LAVINIA CORP.
– M/V THOR Cpt. ARILD VATSO of UNIMED GLORY S.A.member of LAVINIA CORP.
The AMVER Awards were announced by Mr John S. Kalafatides and presented by the representative of the United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mrs.Sally Brice O’Hara, Rear Admiral of the Greek Coast Guard Mr. Theodoros Rentzeperis, The Ambassador of the United States to Greece, Honourable Daniel V. Speckhard and the President of the Propeller Club Mr. Nicky Pappadakis.
The ceremony attended the H.E The Ambassador of China to Greece, Mr. Luo Linquan, H. E The Ambassador of Japan to Greece, Mr. Takanori Kitamura.
Also attended by Messrs: the President of the Greek Shipowner Assocciation Mr. Theodoros Veniamis, the President of Greek Shipping Chamber , Mr. Giorgos Gratsos the Chairman of HELMEPA Cpt. Vassilis Costantakopoulos, Mr. Nikolaos Tsakos, Mr.Apostolos Doukas – Regional Vice President of the Propeller Club for Northern Europe and Africa, Mr.Antonis – Stamos Faraklas, Capt. Savas Kalafatides, Mr. Kostas Koutsoumpelis , Mr Iakovos Perantinos, Mr.Vlassis Katratzos, the AMCHAM 2nd VP Mr.Marios Kyriakou, the Secretary General of Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation Mr.Ioannis Halas, the President of PEPEN Mr.Georgios Vlachos, Mr. D. Patrikios, General Manager of Springfield Shipping, Mr. Michael Ellison VP Raytheon International Inc. , RINA’s Regional Manager for Greece Mr. S. Bertilone, and Mr. Spyridon Zolotas Head of RINA, Piraeus, board members of Propeler Club and others.
-Tsakos Group of Companies
-Olympic Shipping and Management SA/Onassis Group
-Enterprises Shipping & Trading SA
-Moore Stephens Accounting Services AE
-Chartworld Shipping Corporation/Charterwell Maritime SA
-National Bank of Greece
-Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
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