Many companies hope to win the coveted U.S. Coast Guard William M. Benkert Award. But for the Portland Pipe Line Corporation, this dream has become a reality.
The Benkert Award recognizes vessel and facility operators who have implemented outstanding marine environmental protection programs. The evaluation process is rigorous and demanding, designed to select a company that exceeds industrial and regulatory standards.
Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC), which operates the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line (PMPL), is honored this year for demonstrating environmental commitment through pollution prevention, preparedness and safety management practices.
“I am so proud of all PPLC employees who contributed to the success of our operations, and I appreciate the support of our board of directors as we continue to improve operational safety and environmental excellence,” said Tom Hardison, director of operations and maintenance. “Receiving the Benkert Award again demonstrates our continued leadership in maritime environmental protection.”
Portland Pipe Line was established to transport crude oil via pipeline to Montreal East, Quebec, from Portland, Maine. The company has implemented an environmental monitoring and mooring management system. This system prevents possible environmental damage by providing critical information, such as tide height, wind velocity, and wind direction.
PMPL has demonstrated a continuing commitment to marine environmental protection and conducting business in a safe manner. The 2004 Benkert Award marks the third time Portland Pipe Line has won the award, with previous wins coming in 1995 and 2000 and an honorable mention in 1997.
“This award means the Portland Pipe Line Corporation continues to operate as a best-in-class facility, and the recognition we receive validates the importance of investing in our people, our facility and new technology,” Hardison said. “It is personally rewarding to work with some of the best marine terminal operating and maintenance people in the business.”