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ERL’s EverGreen Seal Wins AWO Safety Award

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EverGreen Seal replaces current braided Teflon seals and reduces cargo vapor emissions from tank barge hatches by more than 90%

American Waterways Operators reports that its Tankering & Barge Operations subcommittee presented AWO affiliate member ERL Inc. with the panel’s third annual Safety Award.

The award was given to ERL for creating and testing its EverGreen seal. The EverGreen Seal replaces current braided Teflon seals and reduces cargo vapor emissions from tanker barge hatches by more than 90%, improving safety for mariners and shore supply personnel as well as environmental sustainability.

The award was presented at AWO’s summer safety committees meeting in Chicago by newly elected subcommittee chair Josh Dixon, PSC group vice president of marine and plant operations, to vice -president of ERL Inc. Houston, Craig Theiler.

Stephen Wilkins, CEO of ERL Inc., said, “I would like to thank the AWO Tankering and Barge Sub-Committee for selecting ERL Inc. for the third annual Safety Award. It is an honor to be part of AWO, which continues to improve maritime safety and environmental sustainability. We are proud of the team at ERL who develop and manufacture innovative products, like the EverGreen Seal, that reduce emissions, prevent spills and increase safety for tankers and deckhands.

“We were honored to receive the 2022 AWO Annual Safety Award,” said Craig Theiler, Vice President Houston, ERL Inc. The commitment of the entire national marine industry to improving operations in a safe and sustainable. We look forward to continuing our relationship with our industry partners to develop new products and innovate on existing products in our collective effort to continually improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of domestic shipping.

ERL Inc. Vice President Todd Marshall said, “Thank you to AWO for being good stewards of our work environment by actively promoting engineered solutions for a safer world for all of us. At ERL, we take the safety of our sailors and the preservation of the environment very seriously and we are honored to be recognized by our peers with this safety award.

“AWO applauds ERL Inc. for this well-deserved award,” said AWO President and CEO Jennifer Carpenter. “ERL Inc. and their EverGreen seal are a shining example of the ingenuity and innovation that propels the tug, tug and barge industry into the future. Their leadership is a fantastic representation of AWO members’ commitment to mariner safety and environmental sustainability.

The First and Second Annual Safety Awards were presented in 2020 and 2021 by the Tanker and Barge Operations Subcommittee to AWO Affiliate Members, Lake Charles, Louisiana Marine Department and Facilities of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and Arcosa Marine Products, Inc., respectively.


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