The USCG is accepting applications for the biennial William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award program.
The award recognizes environmental excellence and achievement in maritime operations by marine vessel and facility operators.
"The award program is the USCG's formal recognition of two vital realities. First, we must be continuously diligent to sustain our progress; and second, the greatest potential for sustaining progress lies in the innovation and creativity of vessel and facility operators - particularly the industry leaders who showcase their initiatives through this award program," said USCG Commandant James M. Loy
The objectives of the William M. Benkert Award are to :
-Increase public awareness of the importance of protecting the marine environment;
-Encourage adherence to the international environmental management system methods;
-Encourage innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, waste management, training and other industrial activities; and
-Provide a means for winners to share their successful methods and techniques with others in the industry.
are due by Nov. 15, 1999.