Harley Marine Wins Gold in Benkert Award


Published Mar 17, 2016 3:00 PM by The Maritime Executive

Harley Marine Services received the U.S. Coast Guard's Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Gold Award. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go above and beyond compliance with regulatory standards. Recipients of this award embody industry leadership and innovation in marine safety and environmental excellence.

Harley Marine Services is a full service maritime company operating with a strategic focus on safety and environmental sustainability. The company has maintained comprehensive Safety and Environmental Management Systems that are structured to incorporate all facets of the operation in order to engage all members of the company. A large part of Harley Marine's success stems from its ability to effectively integrate all of its employees into their systems and from the top to bottom, instill a culture of pride, participation, and innovation. This type of leadership propels the company to the top of the maritime industry when it comes to environmental stewardship.

As the company continues to grow at a rapid pace, Harley Marine remains steadfast in their commitment to sustainability and continual improvement of their systems and procedures. The environmental program at Harley Marine is wide-ranging, including a robust recycling program on all vessels as well as shore side and reducing energy usage by connecting to shore power while vessels are at dock. In 2013, they completed construction and moved into their certified LEED Gold World Headquarters building in Seattle, WA and currently have a LEED Silver regional headquarters under construction in Channelview, TX for their Gulf operations. With the latest new build for 2016

Their investment in the newest and most state-of-the-art equipment is second to none. Since 2013, all of their vessels were built with main engines that met EPA Tier 3 emission standards, and their highly anticipated new build for 2016 will feature the world's first Tier 4 CAT 3516 main engines. By 2017, Harley Marine will be operating over 130 vessels, yet the average age of their vessels will be just 10 years old, showcasing their commitment to operating the safest, most technically advanced and environmentally friendly equipment.

The Benkert Award is a great achievement for Harley Marine and is a testament to the operational foundation on which the company was built and has found great success. Harley Marine will surely continue with their theme of setting the benchmark for environmental stewardship and leave a lasting impact on the maritime industry for years to come.

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