Ship's captain and crew recognized at
2016 Maritime Awards for humanitarianism
Seattle, Wash., July 5, 2016
— At 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.
Holland America Line received the award at a ceremony in New York in May.
"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."
officers and crew performed exceptionally well and made a dramatic rescue – I
am very proud of the Veendam team," added Keith Taylor, executive vice
president, fleet operations, Holland America Group, and retired Rear Admiral,
U.S. Coast Guard. "This rescue is a great reminder of the commitment all of us
at Holland America Line, our sister brands and the cruise industry have in
supporting rescue efforts at sea when we are near."
List called Veendam's award one of the "stand-out moments of the gala
"Whenever the crew of a vessel is
actively involved in a rescue it shows the capabilities and the humanity of the
profession," said Sander
Wielemaker, Atlantic area manager DNV GL, sponsors of the award. "The
master and crew, through coordination with the authorities, were able to save
the life of the individual and no doubt add a moment of out-of-the-ordinary
excitement for the passengers of the cruise ship."
Holland America Line participates in rescues at sea
whenever called upon. Also in 2015, ms
eight crewmembers from a sinking vessel in the Caribbean, while ms
Zaandam came to the aid of seven stranded crewmembers at the
Arctowski Polish research station at King George Island in Antarctica.
more information about Holland America Line, contact a
travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com.
Editor's note: Photos are available at https://wwelw.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/o8rjhaf8.
Link to official United States Coast Guard video or rescue:
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About Holland America Line [a division of
Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL
Holland America Line's fleet
of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400 ports in 98
countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From shorter getaways
to 115-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven continents with
highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America circumnavigations
and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four annual Grand Voyages;
and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England,
Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new 2,650-guest
ship, ms Koningsdam, delivered in April 2016, as well as a second
Pinnacle Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam,
due for delivery in November 2018.
The company recently announced
$300 million in brand enhancements to secure its position as the leader in
premium cruising. Fleetwide, the ships feature innovative initiatives and a
diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination immersion and
personalized travel. Guests can expand their knowledge on board at the Culinary
Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine; Explorations Café,
powered by The New York Times; and Digital Workshop powered by Windows.
Outstanding entertainment fills each evening at venues including Lincoln Center
Stage, Billboard Onboard and B.B. King's Blues Club. The dining experience can
be savored at a variety of restaurants with menus that feature selections from
Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council that comprises world-famous
chefs who design dishes exclusively for our guests.