2012 Annual Ship Awards
2013 GEM STATE Crew Members
Ship Group Manager, BJ Courtney
As expected, all three
ships scored well on our annual review of Safety, Performance,
and Environmental aspects of daily operation and management. The continuity
and efforts of all crews and their management teams have resulted
in high scores across the board, which made the determination
of these awards very complicated and difficult. The
efforts of all have been well noted and are greatly appreciated.
2012 SAFETY AWARD
The KEYSTONE STATE has demonstrated the highest level of safety consciousness
on a daily basis. The emphasis on safety on a daily basis combined
with a team effort to maintain safety as a high priority item has been
witnessed. Review of training records, routine reports, and follow
up on preventative actions details their continuous efforts to increase
safety consciousness and as well as the overall safety record on their
vessel. Comments made by external auditors in regards to the proper
stowage of hazardous materials further demonstrated their ongoing efforts
to maintain their vessel in a safe and sea worthy condition.
2013 KEYSTONE STATE Crew Members
RRF Program Manager, Rich Boyer
2013 GRAND CANYON STATE
Crew Members with
COO, Dale Sirois
The GRAND CANYON STATE has dramatically improved
their performance across the board in 2012. The morale,
vessel reliability, and the overall performance all have been
turned around and brought to the level of her sister ships. Audit
reports have improved to equal those of her sister ships. Their
reports and deliverables have also shown dramatic improvement. Their
responses to requests for information, such as management
system reviews and internal correspondence, have also improved.
GREEN SHIP AWARD
The GRAND CANYON STATE has shown dramatic improvement in their environmental
consciousness with regard to all daily operational functions. The
total crew involvement has been important in this change in mind set. The
discovery of a leaking drum in the cargo hold and subsequent issuance of
a non-conformity initiated a fleetwide preventative action, and it further
demonstrates their efforts in the prevention of potential environmental
2013 Group 16 Crew Members
with PGM Staff Representatives
Crew Members from the S/S
KEYSTONE STATE accepting the 2011 Safety Award from PGM
Corporate employees Rich Boyer and Dale Sirois.
Earlier this year, Dale Sirois and Rich Boyer visited
the RRF Group 16 vessels in Alameda, CA, and they presented the
2011 Safety and Performance Awards.
The PGM Fleetwide Safety Award recognizes the vessel that demonstrates
the best ongoing efforts to comply with all safety regulations,
policies, and procedures, as well as to continually look for ways
to increase safety awareness onboard the vessels.
In presenting the 2011 Safety Award to the Officers and Crew of
the KEYSTONE STATE, Mr. Sirois commended all crew members for their
continued vigilance, excellent overall safety record, and their
proactive effort to instill a strong safety culture in all onboard
Crew Members from the S/S
GEM STATE accepting the 2011 Performance Award from Dale
Sirois and Rich Boyer.
The PGM Fleetwide Performance Award recognizes the
vessel that best demonstrates consistent high levels of performance
in meeting contract requirements and providing high levels of service
to our customers.
This year the proud officers and crew of the S/S GEM STATE were
recognized for their efforts and received the 2011 Performance Award.
During the presentation the ship’s staff was specifically
recognized for timeliness and professionalism in meeting contract
mandated reporting requirements.
A banner received by the
Port of Long Beach, CA, in recognition of PGM’s 2011
Environmental Achievement award.
In other news, PGM itself was a recipient of the 2011
Environmental Achievement award from the Port of Long Beach, CA,
for voluntarily having its vessels comply with additional stringent
environmental goals while arriving in and departing from the Long
Beach port. Environmental objectives have always been, and continue
to be a core area of focus for PGM, its vessels, and its employees.
Another Successful Training Conference
Todd Johnson Presenting Ethics Training
PGM hosted the 2011 Officer’s Training Conference
the week of May 8th thru 13th. The Training Conference was held
at the Hilton Garden Inn French Quarter/Central Business District.
This year’s theme was “Your Role as a Manager and Leader, Make No
must take Ownership.” More than 15 senior officers & RRF
Group Managers attended the conference.
The conference kicked off Monday with a Welcome Theme
Presentation by Dale Sirois, followed by a review of Job Hazard
Analysis presented by Dan Smith. The afternoon consisted of Auditor
Training also presented by Dan Smith and then training on PGM’s Management System Structure, the interrelationship of the elements, presented by Marlaina Shrives. Following Monday’s sessions, the officers adjourned for a social gathering which allowed conference attendees and PGM personnel to visit on the poolside rooftop of the Hilton Garden Inn, enjoying a view of beautiful downtown New Orleans.
Crew Members from the SS
Gem State accepting the
2010 Safety Award
The next two days consisted of various training sessions
including the Daily Use of NS5 for Purchasing, Payroll, Crew Management
and Drydocking presented by Barbara Hotard, Tara Bourgeois, Captain
Lund, Scott Ward, Tom Schneider, Alex Butler and Adrian Passion;
Social Responsibility presented by local labor attorney Tommy McGoey;
Incident Reporting presented by Phil Rapp; Non-Conformity Non-Retribution
presented by Todd Johnson; Information with Third Parties presented
by Dale Sirois; and Use of Standard Operating Procedures presented
by B.J. Courtney and Ron Parrish. A significant amount of time was
also dedicated to Environmental Compliance by PGM’s Corporate Compliance
Manager, Bill Richards.
Crew Members from the SS
Grand Canyon accepting the
2010 Performance Award
Thursday focused on Vessel General Permit training,
with presentations from David Hiller of the MARPOL Training Institute
and LCDR Craig Toomey from the USCG. The afternoon sessions continued
with the theme of Shipboard Environmental Practices and Vessel General
Permit training with presentations given by David Hiller, Captain
Langford and Marlaina Shrives. The officers adjourned the day to
attend a company dinner at Pat O’Briens Restaurant on Bourbon St. where attendees were able to mingle with shoreside staff and their families.
Ethics Training was given on the last day of the conference
by Todd Johnson and Shaun Clarke. The conference concluded with
a discussion on the annual awards.
Crew Members from the M/V
Ocean Titan accepting the 2010 Green Ship Award.
Later in the summer, Todd Johnson visited the RRF
Group 16 vessels in Alameda, CA and presented the 2010 Performance
Award to the vessel’s crew of the S/S Grand Canyon State,
and presented the 2010 Safety Award to the vessel’s crew of
the S/S Gem State. The 2010 Green Ship Award was presented to the
vessel’s crew of the M/V Ocean Titan, by Assistant Technical
Superintendent Scott Ward