Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon

The Seamen’s Church Institute hosted Inland and Gulf Maritime leadership at the annual Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon on April 17, 2024, at Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas. This year’s event was chaired by Austin Golding, President and CEO of Golding Barge Line, and Clark Todd, President and CEO of Blessey Marine Services. The occasion served to celebrate Gary Osorno, President and CEO of AccuTrans, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, SCI recognized Captain Pete Ciaramitaro, Director of Vessel Operations for Southern Devall, with the Outstanding Trainer Award.

The Rev. Mark Nestlehutt, SCI’s President and Executive Director, said: “We are honored to recognize Gary and Captain Ciaramitaro for their dedication to mariners, and to underscore the importance of training, support, and crisis response. This luncheon is always a highlight in SCI’s calendar, and we are proud that it serves as a galvanizing event for our industry in Houston and the Gulf region.”

The 2024 Maritime Training Benefit Luncheon welcomed 260 attendees and raised $266,000. These funds will enhance mariner training, and support other crucial SCI mission areas. SCI’s newest Chaplain, the Rev. Nancy Simpson, based in Houston, offered the opening benediction at this year’s event, and Director Captain Stephen Polk, MNI, gave an update on SCI’s Center for Maritime Education.

Thank you to our sponsors and attendees. Event photos can be accessed online at: seamenschurch.org/mtbl2024