Seamen's Church honors Kirby's Joseph Pyne with Silver Bell Award

(NEW YORK) — On June 9, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) hosted its 39th annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner at Pier Sixty in New York, raising over $800,000 for the Institute’s programs and services for mariners. At the event, SCI honored Joseph H. Pyne, chairman of Kirby Corp.; the Italian navy and coast guard, and the Hellenic coast guard.

The institute gave its prestigious Silver Bell Award to Pyne for his service to the maritime industry throughout an extensive and extraordinary career. In his preliminary remarks, Orrin H. Ingram II, xhairman of Ingram Barge Co. and former Silver Bell honoree, called Pyne “a leader among leaders in the maritime industry.” During Pyne’s 38-year involvement with Kirby Corp., he has worked on and chaired numerous waterway industry committees and boards. Pyne also played an instrumental role in bringing SCI’s maritime training simulation center to Houston, Texas.

Adm. Charles D. Michel, vice commandant of the United States Coast Guard, introduced the other award given during the evening, celebrating the tremendous efforts of three organizations working in search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian navy and coast guard along with the Hellenic coast guard have rescued tens of thousands of migrants in the past two years, transporting men, women, children and infants to safety. For their courage and compassion in assisting these people in need, SCI conferred its Lifesaving Award.

The Silver Bell Awards Dinner honors men and women who have demonstrated significant commitment to merchant mariners and the issues facing the maritime industry. The event takes place each year on the second Thursday in June. The next Silver Bell Awards Dinner scheduled for June 8, 2017, marks the 40th year of the celebration.

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By Professional Mariner Staff