“The SHIP OF THE YEAR award is established to motivate and give credit to those vessels with distinguished performance. Like always, several vessels have been considered. The fleet performance in 2016 was very good. However, for 2016 the committee was sure that SC Astrea deserved the prize,” the press release explains.
“You have done a fantastic job. Astrea has been nominated many times. People have mentioned the fact that once again, a chemical tanker has won the award, and they are right. Astrea has been among the top candidates. We’ve been around the vessel today, and I will say we are impressed. If you can remember what she looked like when we took her over and the way she looks today: It is amazing!” Managing Director Gisle Rong in Seatrans Ship Management confirmed the above in his speech to the crew. Nodding towards the crew, Captain Zbigniew Stypula emphasised that: “this award is down to your hard work! We have had great teamwork for many years. And yes, we hoped that is was Astrea’s turn to win the Ship of the Year award this time,” he concluded with a smile.
After receiving the plaque, all the crew members got a cap with the Ship of the Year embroidered on it. Celebrating with coffee and a wonderful homemade cream cake on the bridge afterwards, there is only one thing to say: They deserved it.