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Vela awarded for safety excellence


Saudi Aramco’s shipping subsidiary, Vela International Marine Ltd., was recognized June 2 for working to the highest safety standards. Twelve of Vela’s crude oil tankers received the Jones F. Devlin Safety Award at the Chamber of Shipping of America’s (CSA) Annual Safety Awards Luncheon in New Orleans.

“Awards like these speak highly of our company commitment to safety and environmental protection, and also send a strong message about the dedication and hard work of our people towards safety,” said Talal Bakheet, manager of Marine Operations for Vela.

The Devlin awards recognize merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without a lost-time accident (LTA). Vela’s Alphard Star was recognized for 10 years without an LTA. The Aries Star was recognized for seven years, the Capricorn Star for six years, and the Altair Star for five years. The Alnasl Star, Altarf Star, and Zaurak Star each have gone four years without an LTA.

CSA president Joe Cox described the Devlin award as “directly attributable to the professionalism of our seafarers and the dedication of shore-based company personnel to safe operation.”

The awards were accepted by Rob LeFevers of Aramco Services Co.’s Environmental Services Unit, which provides inspection, safety and oil-spill response services to Vela vessels operating in the Western Hemisphere. ASC’s Environmental Services Unit supports Vela’s Quality Assurance Group and the Vela Safety Management System, and also serves as an interface between Vela and the U.S. Coast Guard.


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