Nominations sought for 2007 Seamanship Trophy

(KINGS POINT, NY –- November 21, 2007) Nominations are now being accepted for the 2007 American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy.

The trophy is awarded on behalf of America’s maritime industry to U.S. merchant mariners for deeds that exemplify the highest traditions of seamanship performed in the current calendar year.

Nominees for the 2007 Seamanship Trophy must be U.S. citizen seafarers who have performed feats of distinguished seamanship while aboard a civilian-crewed U.S.-flag vessel, yacht or other craft during calendar year 2007.

“Distinguished seamanship,” as defined by the Trophy by-laws, is an act representing the highest standards of professional competence at sea in the presence of extreme peril to life and/or property, or under adverse and severe weather conditions.

Nominations for the Seamanship Trophy should include the following information: the name of the candidate, the vessel and its owner; the date, time and place of the incident; and pertinent weather conditions. If possible, an abstract or photocopy of the ship’s log, eyewitness accounts, U.S. Coast Guard reports, newspaper stories and other supporting documents should accompany the nomination.

All nominations for the 2007 award should be sent by December 15, 2007 to: The Secretariat, American Merchant Marine Seamanship Trophy, Public Information Office, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY 11024-1699.

By Professional Mariner Staff