The Partners shared the message below with all employees. (Download PDF)
Over the past many weeks, we have all witnessed the heartbreaking and tragic events across our nation that are a result of racial inequality in the United States. Today we want to address our responsibility to become actively anti-racist and what Bold Ocean plans to do to promote social justice for our Black communities and all communities of color.
As a U.S. flag shipping company, Bold Ocean and our subsidiaries have an unwavering commitment to the United States of America, and we are proud of our work in peacetime and in crisis. Flying the American flag on our ships means we represent the American ideals of equality, and unbiased, just human rights.
Our core values are the heartbeat of our company and we must live those values. Our focus on integrity means we have to be honest and transparent about our beliefs and, more importantly, we must act on these beliefs. We cannot ignore the recent events of racism and the longstanding inequality and injustice that have afflicted our nation for centuries. We are committed to standing together with our employees, crew, and communities to build an equal and unprejudiced future for Black Americans and all persons of color in the United States.
We believe that Black Lives Matter and we need to do better in putting our beliefs into action. Bold Ocean is committing to change and is donating to the organizations below that are fighting racism and leading the way for social justice.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund – https://www.naacpldf.org/
- Equal Justice Initiative – https://eji.org/about/
These are only some of the critical organizations leading the fight against institutional racism and we will also match employee donations to all organizations that are advancing social justice and combatting racial inequality (details to follow). In addition, moving forward we will invest in and require diversity and sensitivity training for all employees. We will actively speak out against bias and micro-aggressions in our own workplace. The change we need for our nation must start from within.
We are committed to listening and learning. We welcome all ideas, suggestions, and feedback as we combat racism and promote social justice and equality. It’s time to recognize these issues and do the work necessary to ensure the promise of this nation for every American.
In justice and solidarity,
Russell Paret, Keith Zelinsky, Christopher Hughes, and Carlos Damian
May 22 is National Maritime Day! Schuyler Line Navigation Company is honored to celebrate the history of the United States Merchant Marine and the brave Merchant Mariners before us who served our country during peace time and in war.
We are deeply grateful to our crew, port teams, and shoreside staff who keep our U.S. flag vessels sailing safely and efficiently, even amidst a global pandemic. The maritime industry is more critical than ever before to our country’s economic and national security and we are so grateful for the men and women who are steadfast in their support of our industry and unwavering in their commitment to our country.
We also want to acknowledge the challenging conditions that many of our mariners are facing in the midst of COVID-19. Crew changes have been delayed, crew must quarantine before embarking and after disembarking, and many are faced with leaving their loved ones at home among uncertain circumstances. As a company and as an industry, we are working tirelessly to find solutions to these obstacles and to keep our mariners safe and healthy. We are humbled by their dedication to our country, to our industry, and to our company.
In honor of National Maritime Day and as a salute to our exceptional crew stationed around the world, we’d like to share the video of the SLNC Magothy’s recent voyage to McMurdo Station, Antarctica. SLNC Magothy was chartered as part of Military Sealift Command’s Operation Deep Freeze, the annual resupply mission for the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic Program. Watch now.
Thank you to our crew, port teams and shoreside staff for literally going to the ends of the Earth for us.
The April edition of Military Sealift Command’s newsletter highlights the SLNC Magothy’s recent voyage to Antarctica. We are proud of Captain Swanson and the entire SLNC Magothy crew as they successfully completed their mission for Operation Deep Freeze. Read more on page 5 of the MSC Newsletter.
The SLNC Magothy recently called McMurdo Station, Antarctica as part of the annual resupply mission, Operation Deep Freeze. The vessel arrived in Antarctica via New Zealand carrying close to 5,000 metric tons of construction materials and equipment that will be used to expand and support the remote outpost of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Cargo handlers worked around the clock to discharge the materials before dismantling the temporary pier in preparation for winter and sending the pier materials back aboard the SLNC Magothy. The SLNC Magothy is part of the Schuyler Line fleet and is currently on charter to Military Sealift Command, supporting operations around the globe.
To read more about her voyage and Operation Deep Freeze, check out MSC’s March newsletter (page 4). Read now.
In July, the United States Department of Defense announced that Schuyler Line Navigation Company LLC (SLNC) was awarded a contract to provide ocean and intermodal services through 2024. SLNC is looking forward to supporting the Defense Transportation System (DTS), Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) and United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) by providing ocean and intermodal transportation for U.S. government cargo. SLNC will provide cargo transportation and inland distribution services for SDDC cargoes on a worldwide basis through 2024.
Schuyler Line Navigation Company was recently awarded a multi-modal contract to serve the United States Department of Defense. As a Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement participant (VISA), Schuyler Line will be using our fleet of U.S. flag vessels to provide door-to-door service for cargo destined to consignee’s locations around the world. As needed, Schuyler Line will utilize CRAF air carrier partners and inland transportation (truck and rail) to ensure the cargo arrives securely and efficiently to its final destination. The contract is for a time period up until 2029 and will focus on moving DOD cargo around the world on a multi-modal basis. We are proud to support the United States Department of Defense and look forward to serving their needs in the coming months.
Photo Above (L-R): SLNC Partners Carlos Damian, Russell Paret, Keith Zelinsky, Christopher Hughes
Russell Paret, Chief Executive Officer of Schuyler Line Navigation Company received the Herb Brand Award at the Maritime Port Council’s annual dinner dance in New York City on June 22, 2019. Thomas Suozzi, U.S. Representative, 3rd District of New York received the Government Man of the Year award and David B. Durkee, International President of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union received the Paul Hall Award of Merit. More than 400 people gathered in New York City to celebrate the U.S. flag industry, the unions that protect our seamen, and our mariners. A live band provided entertainment and everyone enjoyed a fun evening of dinner and dancing.
Russ Paret was deeply honored to accept the award, given annually to a leader in the U.S. flag industry, saying, “If we want to see the US-flag industry thrive and survive, we need to join together with solutions. We need to be resilient. We need to be innovative and we must be bold. I urge each of you, in every position across the industry, to prove the legacy and promote the continued leadership of the U.S. Merchant Marine.”
Photos: (L)- Russ Paret addressing the MPC crowd (R)- Maritime Port Council Honorees (L-R) David R. Durkee, Russell Paret, Cong. Thomas Suozzi