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2012 Maritime Safety Award


Sponsored by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Lloyds Register, the 2012 RINA-LR Maritime Safety Award was presented to Professor Chengi of Strathclyde University.

In announcing the Award at the 2013 Annual Dinner, Peter French, President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, said that without doubt, Professor Kuo'scontribution over the last 40 years to the safety of ships, offshore structures and the marine environment has been remarkable. His passion for education has seen his insight and enthusiasm spread right across the maritime world, from young engineering students to the not-so-young professionals. His research and methodology on how risks can be better recognised and managed has been of immeasurable benefit to our industry, our profession and indeed, our society. Professor Kuo'slong career and his sustained contribution to maritime safety make him a most worthy recipient of this award.

The Award was presented by Peter French and , Tom Boardley, Marine Director of Lloyd’s Register

Chief Executive of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Trevor Blakeley, said “ The Institution is very pleased to join with Lloyd’s Register in presenting this Award which recognises achievement of engineers in improving safety at sea and the protection of the maritime environment. The Award places the emphasis on technological contribution, and provides an opportunity for any member of the global maritime industry to nominate a recipient for the Award. There can be, perhaps, no greater recognition than that by one’s peers. Those many members of the maritime community who know Chengi Kuo will applaud this recognition of the contribution he has made to improving maritime safety”

The  judges commended the nomination of Dr Tom Allan.  In a career, spanning four decades, representing the UK at IMO through the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, Dr Allan has made a major contribution, over four decades, in the field of maritime safety legislation by guiding first the MCA and then the IMO. 

The Panel also commended the nomination of SeaFish for their fishing vessel safety damage control kit training course.  The fishing industry carries a risk of loss of life at least seventy times that of the average for land-based industries. The judgeconsidered that SeaFish’s initiatives on Training, Construction Standards and Certification are making a significant contribution to the safety of this most hazardous seafaring activity.

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