Cayman Islands-based conservationist and artist Guy Harvey received the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award on May 21 at a gala dinner in Fort Lauderdale.
The award is given each year to those “who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers,” according to a press release from Florida’s Seafarers’ House.
The event at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 raised more than US$300,000.
“Ninety percent of world trade is carried by the global shipping industry and the Seafarers’ House helps to care for the hard working men and women who keep this industry moving. Your support is crucial to their success and I thank everyone for their contributions to the cause,” Mr. Harvey told the crowd.
“The sea … can be a place for fun and recreation, or a place for quiet reflection,” he added. “It can sustain civilizations, or be a community’s greatest threat. It powers the global economy and the global climate. And, one thing is for certain, the planet’s health and people’s health are dependent on maintaining healthy oceans.”
Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick, who presented Mr. Harvey with his award, said money raised at the event would go toward “furthering our mission to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community.”
Past award recipients include international seafaring hero Capt. Richard Phillips; Joseph Farrell, Resolve Marine Group; Roberto Giorgi, V-Ships; Dan Sten Olsson, managing director and CEO, The Stena Group; Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean International; Stein Kruse, Holland America Line; Capt. Nicola Arena, MSC Cruises; and Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corp.
Seafarers’ House in Port Everglades, Florida, offers a place where mariners can connect with their communities and families, relax, seek guidance and get emergency help if needed.