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Don’t miss the January 31, 2020, deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications from the maritime industry for the 2020 biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence.

This program recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. It also encourages innovations in operations, maintenance, cargo handling, refueling and training while providing a means to share best practices with others in the maritime community.

Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020. Potential applicants should visit for award guidelines.

The 2020 award will be presented during the North American Marine Environment Protection Association Safety at Sea National Maritime Day seminar and AMVER awards reception May 21, 2020, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Galia Kaplan, program coordinator, at (202) 372-1145 or via e-mail:

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