Polar Tankers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Osprey Award for Environmental Excellence at the Guard’s 2018 Benkert Awards Luncheon & API Maritime Transportation Forum on March 2 in New Orleans. The company also received the award in 2014.
“ConocoPhillips is honored to accept this prestigious award a second time,” said Chris Bulera, manager, Global Marine and president of Polar Tankers. “We are gratified with this recognition of our fleet’s dedication to protecting the marine environment as a core value of our operating philosophy.
“We express our sincere appreciation to the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides exemplary service to the maritime industry and entire nation. This award provides a platform for the maritime industry to showcase its continued dedication to environmental stewardship and socially responsible operations.”
The Benkert awards consist of five award levels: honorable mention, bronze, silver, gold and Osprey -- with Osprey representing the highest environmental distinction. The awards were created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond compliance with industry and regulatory standards. A committee reviews and scores award applications submitted biennially by maritime operators.
Polar Tankers is a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips that operates five company-owned, double-hulled Endeavour-class tankers, each with million-barrel capacity and state-of-the-art redundant systems for environmental safety. These tankers serve the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System trade, loading crude oil in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, and delivering to terminals within Puget Sound, Wash.; San Francisco and Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif.; and Hawaii.
Photo 2: Chris Bulera (left) accepts the Osprey Award from Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Nadeau.