Commercial Vessel Compliance

Submission deadline for William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award extended to March 2, 2020

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance announced that the application deadline for the 2020 Biennial Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award is extended to March 2, 2020.

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 until March 2, 2020, to the following address:

Commandant (CG-FAC-2)
ATTN: Benkert Award Program
U.S. Coast Guard Mail Stop 7516
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20593-7516

Potential applicants should visit the Benkert award page on Homeport for full details and award submission 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

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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