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Voluntary Best Achievable Protection (VBAP) and Exceptional Compliance (EcoPro) Members

Tanker Pacific Management receives Ecology EcoPro award

EcoPro Award Ceremony, August 18, 2011

Left to right (for photo above): Capt. Michael Gardnier, USCG 13th District; Capt. Nils Knutstad, SeaRiver Maritime Inc.; Jeff Shaw, Polar Tankers Inc,; Admiral Keith Taylor, USCG Commander 13th District; John Veentjer, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound; Ted Sturdevant, Department of Ecology; Dale Jensen, Ecology; Capt. Prashant Mishra, Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.; Capt. John Thornton, Alaska Tankers, LLC; Myles (Chip) Boothe, Ecology; Capt. Mark Homeyer, Crowley Petroleum Services; Capt. Laura Stratton, Ecology; Lori Crews, Ecology; Capt. John Staynor, Island Tug and Barge Ltd.

Left to right (for photo above): Dale Jensen, Department of Ecology; Ted Sturdevant, Ecology; Captain Prashant Mishra, Tanker Pacific Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.; Admiral Keith Taylor, USCG Commander 13th District.

Representatives from Washington Department of Ecology and the oil tank vessel industry met in Seattle on August 18, 2011 to award the Exceptional Compliance Program Award to Tanker Pacific Management.

The award was given to the Singapore-based company for achieving excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. Tanker Pacific Management operates foreign-flagged oil tankers worldwide, including Washington and other West Coast states. Its fleet is designed to carry crude and refined petroleum products in an environmentally safe manner. Tankers that transit Washington waters are double-hulled with state-of-the-art navigation systems. Capt. Prashant Mishra, marine safety and quality manager for Tanker Pacific Management, traveled from Singapore to Seattle to accept the award.

“Tanker Pacific Management is proud to achieve this critical milestone with the state of Washington,” Mishra said. “Attaining EcoPro status demonstrates our commitment to protecting the local marine environment while meeting the highest standards of maritime safety.”

“Tanker Pacific Management joins an elite group representing some of the most advanced and safest marine transportation companies in the world,” said Ecology Spills Program Manager Dale Jensen. “While our EcoPro standards are higher than those required under state and federal laws, we know our standards are ultimately achievable. Washington’s environment is clearly worth the effort.”

In addition to enforcing state laws to protect Washington waters, Ecology also manages a unique non-regulatory environmental protection program for tank vessels called the Voluntary Best Achievable Protection (VBAP) and Exceptional Compliance Program (EcoPro).

Tank vessel operators are encouraged to participate in Washington’s VBAP or EcoPro program to protect Washington’s irreplaceable natural resources from the damage caused by an oil spill.

The program is designed to protect Washington waters and reward companies that voluntarily operate their tank vessels under these higher standards.

Tanker Pacific Management and other companies that apply for the VBAP and EcoPro certification are required to submit plans to Ecology for approval. Their plans are valid for three years. Ecology vessel inspectors conduct ship audits to make sure the management system is being implemented and continues to meet or exceed state VBAP or EcoPro standards.

SeaRiver Maritime Inc. Honored for Continuing Participation in the EcoPro Program

On January 24, 2006, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. was recognized and congratulated at an informal ceremony at the Washington State Department of Ecology headquarters in Lacey, Washington. Ecology Director, Jay Manning, read a letter of commendation to SeaRiver President, Will Jenkins, and presented a certificate recognizing the company for not only being the first company to enroll in the program, but for being the first EcoPro member to renew its membership for the third consecutive time.

Between 1995 and 2006, SeaRiver tankers have transported more than 13 billion gallons of oil through Washington waters without spilling a single drop! Congratulations to SeaRiver and its outstanding maritime personnel who have made this possible.

EcoPro Award Ceremony – July 29, 2009
Left to right: Capt. John Staynor - Island Tug and Barge Ltd. (2004 EcoPro recipient); RADM Gary Blore, USCG 13th District Commander; George P. McShea Jr. - President of Polar Tankers, Inc.; Dale Jensen - Ecology; Captain John Thornton - Alaska Tanker Company (2002 EcoPro recipient); and Captain Mark Homeyer - Crowley Petroleum Services - ATB Division – (2004 EcoPro recipient).

EcoPro Award Ceremony for Marine Transport Corp. (ATB Division) - A Crowley Company
Left to right: Dale Jensen - Ecology; Capt. Bob Shields - Island Tug and Barge (2004 EcoPro recipient); Thomas Crowley, Jr. - Crowley Marine Corp.; Capt. Laura Stratton - Ecology; Anil Mathur - Alaska Tanker Company (2002 EcoPro recipient), Dave Knopp - SeaRiver Maritime Inc. (1999 EcoPro recipient); Lori Crews - Ecology; and Paul O'Brien - Ecology.

September 2005 EcoPro Award ceremony for Marine Transport Corp. (ATB Division) - A Crowley Company
Left to right: Gregg Carpenter - ICS Petroleum-West Coast Fuel Transport; Anil Mathur - Alaska Tanker Company (2002 EcoPro recipient); Capt. Laura Stratton - Ecology; Steve Pollock - Island Tug and Barge; Stan Norman - Ecology; Capt. Bob Shields - Island Tug and Barge; Dale Jensen - Ecology; Will Jenkins - Sea River Maritime (1999 EcoPro recipient); Jay Manning - Ecology.

December 2003 EcoPro Award Ceremony for MTM Ship Management Pte. Ltd. - Singapore
Left to right: Captain Don Carroll - MT Maritime Management (USA) LLC; Linda Hoffman - Ecology; and Duncan Findlay - MTM Ship Management Pte. Ltd.

March 2001 EcoPro recognition ceremony for SeaRiver Maritime Inc.
Left to right: Paul Revere - SeaRiver Maritime Inc.; Tom Fitzsimmons - Ecology; and Admiral Erroll Brown - U.S. Coast Guard 13th District.