The United Seamen’s Service 2013 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards will be presented to Philip W. J. Fisher, president of Chas. Kurz & Co.; U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.; and Emanuel Rouvelas, maritime attorney and partner at K&L Gates.
The awards will be presented at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City on Nov. 15. Recognition will also be given to American seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.
Fisher joined Keystone Shipping Co. and its parent company, Chas. Kurz & Co., 47 years ago in Philadelphia as chief financial officer. Today, he is executive vice president of Keystone and president of Chas. Kurz & Co., as well as president of the Tanker Service Committee.
King is serving his 11th term in the House, where he is a member of the Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Rouvelas is an expert in maritime law and has advised global shipping companies’ CEOs for three decades. He works with governments and foreign embassies on international trade and transportation matters. He founded the Washington, D.C., office of Preston Gates, and was also counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce and chief counsel to its Merchant Marine and Foreign Commerce subcommittees.