HAL Wins Seafarer Award For Ocean Rescue
the 2016 Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards, the captain and crew of
Holland America Line’s
ms Veendam were named “Seafarer of the Year” for
the rescue of a pilot who ejected from his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean.
The “Seafarer of the Year” award recognizes the skills, bravery and professionalism that seafarers demonstrate daily. On Jan. 25, 2015, Veendam rescued a pilot 225 miles off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, who had to ditch his single-engine aircraft after running out of fuel. The plane had a parachute system and the pilot was able to safely escape into a life-raft where he was retrieved by Veendam.
“Holland America Line employees consistently strive for
professional and personal excellence, and to be honored for saving a life is
both humbling and rewarding,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s
president. “On behalf of
Veendam’s captain and crew, thank you to
Lloyd’s List for bestowing the honor of ‘Seafarer of the Year,’ a recognition
we greatly appreciate.”