(AUSTIN, Texas) (June 25) — The United States Coast Guard (USCG) today recognized Polar Tankers, Inc., a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, with the Rear Adm.l William M. Benkert Osprey Award for Environmental Excellence. Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, the USCG 29th vice commandant, presented the award at the American Petroleum Institute Tanker Conference.
The Benkert 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. The Osprey-level Benkert award is the highest environmental award given by the USCG.
“ConocoPhillips is honored to accept this prestigious maritime award from the U.S. Coast Guard,” said John Dabbar, manager, Global Marine. “Receiving the Benkert Osprey award recognizes the outstanding achievement that our Polar Tankers team delivers every day through a continuous commitment to excellence in safety and environmental protection. We are proud of our employees and appreciate this recognition from the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides exemplary service to ConocoPhillips, the maritime industry and the entire nation.”
Polar Tankers is a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips that includes five company-owned, double-hulled tankers, each with a million-barrel capacity and state-of-the-art redundant systems for environmental safety. The company operates these Endeavour-class tankers in the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS) trade, loading crude oil in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, and delivering to terminals within Puget Sound, Wash.; San Francisco; Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif.; and Hawaii.