SOMMSA Gold Medal award


On the evening of the 23rd October the Society formally awarded Capt Nicholas Sloane the first Society of Master Mariners SA “Gold Medal” and citation. This event took place in the presence of a large group of international salvage delegates attending the International Salvage Union’s AGM held in the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. In making the presentation the Society’s President, Capt Rob Whitehead, told those assembled that, given the State’s reluctance to recognize the significant achievement and international recognision generated by Captain Sloane’s leadership in the successful salvage of the “Costa Concordia”, the Society had created this gold medal award as its highest honour to a fellow mariner. The laid down criteria for making the award is as follows: “Certificated Master Mariner or Deck Officer who, by an exceptional action, has brought the highest honour to our profession by him or her exercising the pinnacle of marine skills acquired as a result of their qualifications and experience”.

Pictured left is Capt Sloane, Ms Charo Coll (ISU President) and Capt Rob Whitehead

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