(L to R): Arntzen,Reinhart and Andrasick.
The 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards were presented by
United Seamen's Service (USS) to James S. Andrasick, President & CEO of
Matson Navigation Company, Inc., Morten Arntzen, President & CEO of Overseas
Shipholding Group, Inc. and John F. Reinhart, President & CEO of Maersk
The presentations were made at the 38th annual AOTOS industry-wide gala
dinner and dance on November 2, 2007 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and
Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea, USCG, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard,
presented James Andrasick his award. The Honorable Sean Connaughton, U.S.
Maritime Administrator, presented the award to Morten Arntzen. Michael
Sacco, President of Seafarers International Union of North America,
Atlantic, Gulf Lakes and Inland Water/NMU, AFL-CIO, presented John Reinhart his award.
The three recipients led the field of nominees for the award, a silver
statuette of Christopher Columbus, the first Admiral of the Ocean Sea,
sharing first place among a group that was solicited by USS from more than
200 maritime management, labor, and government officials. All proceeds from
the event benefit USS community services for the U.S. merchant marine and
seafarers of the world.
USS also presented six Honored Seafarer awards to heroic merchant mariners
in a ceremony narrated by Mr. Connaughton.
John Bowers, Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee, and President of the
International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO said: "These three men
represent the very best of the U.S.-flag industry. Our recipients have been
selected by those who know them best, international transportation leaders
who understand very well the challenges and issues which confront United
States shipping and the American seafarers and recognize their leadership in
Mr. Andrasick was named president and chief executive officer of Matson
Navigation Company, Inc. on July 18, 2003. He joined Alexander & Baldwin,
Inc., the parent company of Matson, in June 2000 as senior vice president,
chief financial officer and treasurer. On April 25, 2002, he was appointed
to additional duties as president and chief executive officer of Matson on
an interim basis. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he
received a bachelor's degree in engineering. He also holds a master's degree
in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Arntzen was appointed president and chief executive officer of Overseas
Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) in January 2004. He has been an OSG Board
member since 2004. Prior to joining OSG, he was chief executive officer of
American Marine Advisors Inc., a U.S.-based merchant banking firm
specializing in maritime industry merger and acquisition advisory work and
corporate restructuring for a global client base. He holds a bachelor of
arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master of international
affairs degree from Columbia University.
Mr. Reinhart was named chief executive officer, Maersk Line, Limited on
August 1, 2000 and president in April 2004. He joined Maersk Inc. in 1991 in
Human Resources. In 1992, he began his career in Universal Maritime Services
working his way up to president. He returned to Maersk in 1996 as a regional
director and then as senior vice president. Mr. Reinhart received his B.A.
in Political Science from Ohio University and completed the Executive MBA
Program at the University of Michigan in 1997.
Senator Daniel K. Inouye was General Chairman for this year's event and sent
a video message as well, congratulating the three recipients and recognizing
the mission of USS, which has been dedicated to meeting the needs of
seafarers in foreign ports for 65 years.
Captain Robert Hart, USN (ret.) and Samuel B. Nemirow served as National
Committee Co-Chairmen. Michael Sacco was Dinner Chairman.
USS continues to provide community services for the U.S. Merchant Marine,
the American Armed Forces, and seafarers of the world. USS, a non-profit
agency established in 1942, operates centers in ports in Europe, Asia,
Africa and in the Indian Ocean, and also provides seagoing libraries to
American vessels through its affiliate, the American Merchant Marine Library
Edward Morgan is President and Roger Korner is Executive Director of USS and
AMMLA. Barbara Spector Yeninas served as AOTOS Coordinator for the 28th