The United Seamen's Service said it will award its Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards for 2010 to Thomas J. Bethel, national president of American Maritime Officers, and to William A. Pennella, vice chairman and executive vice president of Crowley Maritime.
The USS will present its awards at a gala industry dinner and dance on Nov. 12 at the Sheraton New York Hotel in New York City.
"Both Crowley and AMO, provided much-needed humanitarian relief services to Haiti after January's devastating earthquake," said Richard Hughes, chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee and President of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO.
"AMO's response was to man many of the U.S.-flagged vessels. Crowley's response was to unload Haiti relief cargo containers filled with water and meals in the Dominican Republic to be trucked across the border into Haiti," Hughes said.
Bethel has served AMO in several capacities since coming ashore in 1983, including executive vice president, assistant vice president, executive board member and representative. He has also served for eight years as senior member of the legislative staff of AMO in Washington, D.C.
Pennella began his maritime career in 1968 with Sea-Land Service. He held various management positions with Global Terminal and Container Services and United States Lines before joining Crowley in 1987.
Pennella led the growth of Crowley Maritime Corp. over the past 23 years through his positions as vice chairman and executive vice president. As a member of Crowley's board of directors, he has been instrumental in the acquisition of several Crowley subsidiaries including Titan Salvage, Jensen Maritime Consultants, Customized Brokers and Marine Transport Lines.
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