Captain and Crew of the Stena Timer Recognized by NMFS

Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Captain Don Lewis of The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) yesterday presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Captain Andrew Bielecki and the crew of the Stena Timer for their efforts and ship management practices during the 2001 northern right whale calving season. The Stena Timer is under charter to Crowley Liner Services and is deployed in the company's Bahamas service. Off the coast of Florida, the calving season lasts from December through the end of March. During that time, the New England Aquarium Early Warning System (EWS) and authorities from the states of Florida and Georgia monitor the calving area in small planes. The sighting information is passed on to ships passing through the area in an effort to prevent collisions between the ships and the whales. With little more than 300 animals left in the wild, the right whale has been placed on the endangered species list and the northeast Florida - southeast Georgia coastline has been designated a critical habitat for the animals. Captain Bielecki and his crew were recognized for taking extraordinary measures to avoid ship strikes while transiting the critical habitat. Ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement are the leading causes of death for these animals accounting for approximately one-third of the yearly deaths. "This certificate of appreciation is the first of its kind," said Lewis. "It recognizes the demonstrated commitment to the bridge management and navigational practices of the captain and crew to protect the right whale." A program for right whale protection onboard ship usually incorporates three elements: awareness of issues and concerns, intelligence and action. "Captain Bielecki and the crew of the Stena Timer have done a model job on all three elements," said Lewis. "Crowley and those companies we contract with for vessel services are dedicated to the safe passage and conservation of the world's sea life," said Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. "They observe information passed to them by agencies such as the EWS and work diligently to navigate the area so as not to disrupt the habits or environment of the ocean's wildlife."

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Conrad Shipyard Forms LNG Business Unit

Conrad Shipyard has formed a new business unit focused on LNG projects.   Conrad, builder of North America’s first LNG bunker barge scheduled for 2017 delivery,

Prince Charles Places Final Section of UK Aircraft Carrier

The second of the largest warships ever built for the U.K. Royal Navy, the Queen Elizabeth Class carrier HMS Prince of Wales, was given the royal seal of approval when HRH The Prince of Wales,

New Zealand: Maritime Trade is Key

Globally, shipping is on the rise – already 80-90 percent of the world’s trade is by ship; that is more than 12 billion metric tons of goods annually, shipped by 1.

Ports

Crystal Cruises Plans Return to Port Everglades

Crystal Cruises' ships will return to Broward County's Port Everglades beginning in Fall 2017, having last sailed from the port in 2006.   Beginning October 27,

Kiel is First German Port of Call for Mein Schiff 5

The brand-new TUI Cruises newbuilding Mein Schiff 5 has arrived in Kiel – her first German port of call since being handed over in Turku, Finland, a few days ago.

Countdown Begins for Expanded Panama Canal opening

History will be made in Panama on Sunday, June 26, when the first-ever Expanded Panama Canal is inaugurated. The COSCO Shipping Panama will transit through the new locks on this significant day,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0836 sec (12 req/sec)