American Maritime Officer: November 2022

AMO members from Maersk Peary and Pacific Tracker, ARC President and CEO Eric Ebeling among those honored by United Seamen's Service

The United Seamen's Service 53rd annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Awards were presented to President and CEO of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Eric Ebeling, President of the International Longshoremen's Association Harold Daggett, and President of CMA-CGM North America and American President Lines Edward Aldridge.

The traditional silver statuette of Christopher Columbus - the first Admiral of the Ocean Sea - was accepted by the three honorees before a record crowd of nearly 950 people at a gala dinner and dance October 28, 2022 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. The recipients shared the evening with a group of American seafarers who were honored for acts of bravery at sea.

Chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee LTG Kenneth R. Wykle (USA retired) said: "We honor tonight three extraordinary Americans who have made a positive impact on America's maritime industry, which continues to offer up deserving AOTOS recipients and it is our honor to honor them."

In accepting the AOTOS Award, Eric Ebeling said: "The U.S.-flag fleet and Merchant Marine are dependent on smart and proper maritime legislation. Most of the nation's most effective policy planks and enhancements have come in the wake of the nation's wars.

"The good news: the U.S.-flag fleet and the American Merchant Marine have always delivered, and we continue to do so," he added.

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