The 32nd Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Pier Sixty in New York City. The 2009 recipient of the prestigious award is Alberto Alemán Zubieta, Chief Executive Officer of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).
Under Alberto Alemán Zubieta’s leadership, ACP, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, has worked to improve and enlarge the much-used waterway, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Ninety-five years after opening, the Panama Canal is being expanded to deal with the increasing demands of water-borne transportation. The Panama Canal Expansion Program, officially started in 2007, has been named one of the “most significant projects in the world” and has implications not only for the shipping world but for the economic development of Panama itself. The ACP has also addressed multiple environmental concerns in the design of the expanded Canal, and their efforts have been approved by ANCON (National Association for Nature Conservation) and the Nature Conservancy, a US-based organization.
The Silver Bell Award is presented by SCI to recognize an outstanding individual’s, company’s, or organization’s commitment to merchant mariners and the issues facing the maritime industry. The Silver Bell Awards Dinner also recognizes the maritime community as a major source of financial support for SCI’s programs for merchant mariners.