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COLUMBIA Shipmanagement receives BIMCO President´s Award 2015

At this year´s BIMCO Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, Columbia Shipmanagement received the „President´s Award“. This award, which is not based on nominations, is presented and chosen by the BIMCO President Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus and it honours an individual or a company, who has made a significant contribution to shipping and the maritime industry.
Below please find an extract from the official BIMCO press release.
„BIMCO President honours seafarers involved in migrant rescues with a special award BIMCO announces winners of its 2015 Awards Last night in Hamburg, BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus chose to give public recognition to all seafarers who have been ? and still are ? involved in rescuing people in distress at sea.
Mr Louis-Dreyfus awarded the BIMCO President´s Award to Columbia Shipmanagement, for their „outstanding“ work in rescue operations involving migrant boats in the Mediterranean. He asked Captain Horber from Columbia Shipmanagement to accept the award on behalf of their crews, but also on behalf of all seafarers who risk their lives in rescue operations.
Shipping professionals attending the event saw a video showing the events of an evening in September 2013 when a Columbia ship, the King Julius, responded to two calls to assist boats in distress in one night? bringing over 180 people to safety in a matter of hours.
Mr Louis-Dreyfus called these events „a classic example of the outstanding work done by our seafarers.“ He went on to say:
„BIMCO recognises the commitment and achievement of King Julius´ crew ? and by all seafarers involved in similar rescue operations. No doubt the large number of people who have been rescued or assisted at sea during migration would also thank them if they could. Many of them owe their lives to the seamanship and skills of our seafarers.“
We are very proud having received this prestigious award and that the hard and often dangerous work of our seafarers is being recognized.