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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.

Sponsors:

Gold sponsors
-Tsakos Group of Companies
-TEN Ltd
-Olympic Shipping and Management SA/Onassis Group
-Raytheon
-Rina

Silver sponsors
-Enterprises Shipping & Trading SA
-Free Seas
-Moore Stephens Accounting Services AE

Bronze sponsors
-Chevron
-Chartworld Shipping Corporation/Charterwell Maritime SA
-Bureau Veritas
-DNV
-Lloyd’s Register
-National Bank of Greece

Wine sponsor
-Oenogenesis

Other Sponsors
-Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Speeches were held by:

Mr. N.A.Pappadakis
Mrs. Louka Katselli

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