September 17th 2019

George A. Quick, vice president of the MM&P Pilot Membership Group and an international expert on maritime law, regulations and policy, is the recipient of the 2019 Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award honors individuals who, “over the course of their careers, have shown leadership in their area of expertise and made profound contributions to crew wellbeing and safe ship operations.”

“Nobody on the planet—at sea or ashore—deserves the Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award more than Captain George Quick,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“This is indeed well-deserved recognition. George’s outstanding work in international maritime regulation has improved the lives and working conditions of mariners of all stripes‎.”

Quick, a licensed shipmaster and first class pilot, serves on the delegation of the International Transport Workers Federation to the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee and its various subcommittees.

He is chairman of the IMO Safety Committee Subcommittee on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, and a member of the IMO Legal Committee and the IMO Facilitation Committee.

He has served on a number of IMO Working Groups, including those responsible for drafting international regulations and guidelines on: ship and port security; piracy; casualty investigations; safety standards; fatigue and workload standards; manning levels; the human element in ship operations; integrated navigation systems and bridge design; and the future role of electronic navigation and technology in the operation of ships.

He received the Safety at Sea Lifetime Achievement Award in London at a ceremony on Sept. 10 with several hundred members of the shipping industry in attendance.

Safety at Sea is the world’s only monthly magazine dedicated to global maritime safety. Its goal is to raise safety standards across the entire shipping industry.

“George’s work reflects his commitment to raising safety standards in shipping and crew welfare,” said Tanya Blake, editor of Safety at Sea, in announcing the award.

“He has not only helped to develop ILO/IMO guidance on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers but has worked hard to spread awareness and tackle the issue of crew fatigue and fatigue related accidents.”

In accepting the award, Quick said he has been very lucky to spend his working life in the maritime industry: first aboard ships, “where seafarers, regardless of nationality, form an international community with its own institutional culture shaped by a shared common experience, the latter part ashore as a maritime pilot and an attorney dealing with the regulatory side of the industry.”

“It really is true that London is the center of the maritime world,” he said.

“Today seafarers’ rights and welfare are largely shaped by regulations made in London at the International Maritime Organization and enforced at the national level.”

“If you’re not a participant in the decisions made in London, you’re not effective in shaping the future of our industry.”

“The seafarers represented by the ITF and the shipowners represented by the International Chamber of Shipping and other maritime trade associations have a common interest in supporting regulations to promote quality shipping, seafarers’ welfare and rights and maritime safety.”

“The result is that the international regulatory regime governing shipowners and seafarers is really quite good.”

“The problem is at the national level. With over 160 flag states interpreting international regulations from the perspective of their national interests, the uniform implementation and enforcement of the regulations that protect seafarers and shipowner as well is a difficult challenge. So there is no lack of work ahead of us in a very different and more difficult environment than we have in London.”