The decision came yesterday when the IMO Council agreed with the Assessment Panel's decision to present the internal Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Britannia Seaways captain and crew. It is awarded by the United Nations’ IMO.
The Danish are awarded for their exceptional efforts when a fire erupted on their ship on Nov 16, 2013. The vessel was en route along the Norwegian coast, loaded with military equipment. Britannia Seaways' crew managed to get under control the flames (extending over 30 m) and several explosion in extreme heat. The 32-member crew showed great courage and professionalism preventing major disaster and pollution incident. None of the seafarers was injured.
The crew has been nominated by Denmark. Andreas Nordseth, Director-General of the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), said:
”First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Captain Andreas Kristensen and the entire crew on board BRITANNIA SEAWAYS. This award is a distinguished recognition of the unique actions taken by the crew. There is no doubt that, during the fire, the crew went far beyond what was expected of them, not least considering the considerable danger they were facing.”
The Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be presented to Captain Andreas Kristensen on behalf of the crew on Nov 17 - IMO Maritime Safety Committee next session, held in London.
The IMO Bravery Award was firstly presented in 2007. It is given based on nominations by member States or interest organisations and is a unique recognition of exceptional bravery displayed at sea in order to save the lives of others or to prevent pollution. The nominations this year were 35.