Our Awards Programs




 Any available information regarding upcoming awards events can be found in the News section of our website.


Devlin Award:


The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two safety programs CSA has sponsored since 1968. The award publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the men and women who are responsible for safe vessel operations. The award, which is open to CSA members and non-members alike, is presented at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held in June each year.

Devlin Award Certificates are awarded to all manned merchant vessels that have operated for two full years or more without a crew member losing a full turn at watch because of an occupational injury.

To qualify for a Devlin Award Certificate, a vessel must be in operation with a full crew. Days in protracted lay-up resulting in crew reduction are not considered days in operation.


Safety Achievement Award:


The Safety Achievement Award is one of two safety programs CSA has sponsored since 1968. The award publicly recognizes the skills and dedication of the men and women who are responsible for safe vessel operations. The award, which is open to CSA members and non-members alike, is presented at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held in June each year.

Vessels are recognized for performing outstanding feats of safety during a calendar year which may include, but are not limited to: rescue; assistance to distressed vessels; transfer of ill or injured persons under difficult sea conditions; and demonstrations of safety and ship operations which have contributed to saving a life or a ship. They are actions in which the vessel and crew as a whole were involved rather than individual achievement.

All vessels, including container ships, tankers, Great Lakes carriers, offshore supply vessels, tugboats, etc., representing all segments of the industry (international and domestic deep-sea, coastwise and inland) are eligible to participate in this award program.

Entries will be judged by an impartial Safety Awards Committee comprised of qualified individuals from various segments of the industry. When making your nomination, please include sufficient detail to enable the committee to evaluate the submission.

Non-members participating in one or both the above programs, Devlin Awards and/or Safety Achievement Award, will pay a $250 participation fee.


Shepheard Award:


Shortly after his death in 1975, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Shipping of America established the Rear Admiral Halert C. Shepheard Award to recognize an individual for exceptional achievement toward merchant marine safety, the area to which RADM Shepheard (Shep) contributed greatly throughout his long and distinguished professional life. Shep was the head of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation when it was made part of the U.S. Coast Guard. He held the rank of Rear Admiral, USCG and was the chief representative of the United States to the conference that wrote the Safety of Life At Sea convention in 1948.

The Board has expanded the areas to be considered and have included environmental protection as a singular issue that may be noted in a nomination; thus, nominations will be considered for any person meeting the requirements noted below in maritime safety (including security), health or marine environmental protection.

The Chamber of Shipping of America kindly invites nominations from the maritime industry for the annual SHEP Award. Additionally, the Board has requested several heads of international organizations and maritime schools to act as an informal nominating panel. Nominations for a living individual may be submitted for a single outstanding contribution to merchant marine safety (including security), health or environmental protection; or in recognition of, dedication to, or exceptional leadership in activities associated with merchant marine safety (security), environmental protection or health over a period of time.

Nominees may include individuals who are eminent in their marine field of endeavor such as, but not limited to: ship owners, ship operators, naval architects, marine engineers, shipbuilders and those affiliated with ship operations, governments, and marine associations. As the purpose of the "Shep" Award is to encourage and inspire merchant marine safety, health and environmental protection, it is intended that younger individuals should also be given consideration. Nominations should be based upon direct personal and professional knowledge of an individual.

Please note that the Award Committee of the Chamber of Shipping of America can only act on nominations received. In a given year the Committee may not bestow an award if it does not consider any of the nominations of sufficient merit.

The nominee and nominator should not be directly affiliated with the same organization. The recipient will be presented with a Steuben Crystal Achievement Award.

Past recipients of the "Shep" Award can be viewed by clicking this link


Environmental Achievement Award:


The Environmental Achievement Awards are a great opportunity for owners and operators to recognize the accomplishments of their mariners and shore-side staff. While the public hears of instances when there are environmental problems, they should know that this industry has an excellent record of environmental accomplishment. The awards were initiated to let our seagoing and shore-side personnel know that we appreciate all they do as good stewards of our marine environment. The Board encourages all vessel owners and operators to nominate their compliant vessels for this award.

The awards are given to the recipients at a dinner ceremony in Washington, DC in the fall which is attended by high-level Coast Guard, Maritime Administration, EPA and other government agency personnel.

To be eligible for the award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period of the following:

Vessels are eligible for awards beyond the initial two year period. Companies wishing to receive information about the program may contact Ms. Odell Moore at the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA).

Non-members will pay a $250 participation fee to participate in this program.