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MM&P VICE PRESIDENT GEORGE QUICK, JOHNSEN FAMILY, HONORED BY MARINE SOCIETY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

April 20th 2016

Captain George A. Quick, who represents MM&P in numerous national and international forums and serves as vice president of the union’s Pilot Membership Group, was honored on April 11 with an award for lifetime achievement by members of the Marine Society of the City of New York.

Also honored during the course of the evening were members of the Johnsen family, leaders for generations of MM&P-contracted International Shipholding Corp. and Waterman/Central Gulf Lines.

Erik. F. Johnsen, who accepted the award on behalf of the family, noted the company’s history of strong support for the American Merchant Marine. “It’s getting harder and harder, but we have never forsaken the U.S. flag,” he said.

The awards were presented in the presence of maritime industry leaders and MM&P members, including numerous representatives of MM&P Pilot Group affiliate associations.

An expert on the maritime industry and an eloquent advocate for the world’s seafarers, Quick serves on the delegation of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, the IMO Legal Committee and the IMO Facilitation Committee.

“George Quick means so much to America’s pilots, to MM&P and to the seafarers of the world,” said New York Marine Society President Timothy J. Ferrie, who also serves as East Coast representative of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group.

Quick is one of the foremost authorities on the laws and regulations affecting maritime pilots in the United States and around the world and has served as president of the Maryland Pilots Association and president of the Baltimore Maritime Exchange.

“It’s a fascinating industry and anyone who works in it is very lucky,” Quick said, adding “you don’t learn seamanship in calm waters.”

More than $85,000 in grants and scholarships to aspiring young mariners were awarded during the course of the dinner to deck and engineering cadets, many of whom were in attendance.