St. John’s Port Author­ity first spon­sor for new, marine in­dus­try award

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

At­ten­tion and con­trib­u­tors are com­ing for­ward for a new set of marine in­dus­try awards.

The Turn­ing the Tide Awards will in­clude three sep­a­rate awards, sup­ported through a spon­sor­ship pro­gram, but with the port author­ity in St. John’s com­ing on as the first spon­sor.

“As a work­ing har­bour for over 500 years, the St. John’s port has been an in­te­gral part in the de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity of the marine in­dus­try in this prov­ince,” said Russ Car­ri­gan, chair­man of the port author­ity, in a state­ment.

He also spoke at the launch event, not­ing the author­ity’s con­tri­bu­tion to the awards this year will be $50,000.

The first of the three Turn­ing the Tide awards will be for Oper­a­tional Lead­er­ship Ex­cel­lence, to go to a busi­ness ad­dress­ing chal­lenges within the marine in­dus­try head-on. The work might ad­dress en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, tech­no­log­i­cal im­prove­ments, mar­itime safety and se­cu­rity, mar­ket de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and hu­man re­sources.

The sec­ond is an in­di­vid­ual Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

The third is the Award of His­tor­i­cal Sig­nif­i­cance. This award will go to an in­di­vid­ual, or­ga­ni­za­tion or even com­mu­nity that through a sin­gle act or col­lec­tion of ac­tions “turns the tide” of his­tory, con­tribut­ing to the for­tunes of oth­ers in the marine in­dus­try (in­clud­ing but not limited to ship­ping, off­shore oil in­dus­try ser­vices, de­fence and re­search and de­vel­op­ment work).

The first awards will be pre­sented April 5.

The win­ners are to be se­lected by a se­lec­tion board, chaired by Paul An­tle.

Nom­i­nees for the first year of the awards are closed, with se­lec­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Marine In­sti­tute, putting for­ward names this time around.

Se­lec­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Chris Colling­wood said there will likely be two win­ners se­lected in each cat­e­gory this year.

The awards do not come with any cash prize but a tro­phy will be pre­sented.

Any funds raised from the award gala will go to the Home From the Sea Foun­da­tion in El­lis­ton.

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