About the Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year

Previous Emery Rice RecepientsPrevious Recipients of the Emery Rice Medal

The Emery Rice Medal
Massachusetts Maritime Academy honors a civilian or military leader with a distinguished career of excellence, innovation and service to the maritime industries and other industries we serve and honors them with the Emery Rice Medal at our Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year events. Past honorees have included admirals, captains, CEO’s, and leading maritime executives from around the globe. Our honoree is presented with the Captain Emery Rice medal named for an 1897 Academy graduate and WWI hero. Captain Rice was recognized twice by Theodore Roosevelt for his maritime skill and bravery as a shining example of American courage and fighting spirit.

This medal has been presented to a select group of maritime professionals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the very principles taught at the Academy; leadership, ethics, business sense and respect for the ocean environment. All medal recipients have one thing in common, they have earned the respect of their peers.

Previous Recipients Include:
(Organization/Title at the time of Award)

1995 Admiral William J. Flanagan, Jr. USN Commander in Chief, US Atlantic Fleet
1996 Mr. Gerhard E. Kurz CEO, Seabulk International
1997 Mr. Morton S. Bouchard, III President, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.
1998 Mr. Michael D. Tusiani Chairman & CEO, Poten & Partners, Inc.
1999 Mr. Peter Livanos Chairman, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises, Ltd.
2000 Mr. Joseph S.K. Kwok Group Chief Operating Office, NOL & President, AET
2001 Mr. Lars Carlsson President, Concordia Maritime AB & Chairman, Intertanko
2002 Mr. Joseph P. Gehegan, Jr. President & COO, United States Shipping, LLC
2003 Rear Admiral Maurice J. Bresnahan, Jr., USN (Ret.) President, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
2004 Mr. Dennis M. Houston Executive Vice President, ExxonMobil & Supply Co.
Chairman, Mobil Oil Shipping & Transportation
2005 Vice Admiral Vivian S. Crea, USCG Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area
Commander, Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic
2006 Mr. Paul R. Tregurtha Chairman & CEO, Mormac Marine Group
2006 Mr. John A. Angelicoussis Chairman & CEO, Angelicoussis Shipping Group
2007 Mr. Alan S. McKim Chairman & CEO, Clean Harbors Enviromental
2008 Mr. Morten Arntzen President & CEO, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
2009 Mr. Robert Somerville Chairman & CEO, American Bureau of Shipping
2010 Mr. Geoffrey C. Wilkinson President & CEO, George T. Wilkinson, Inc.
2011 Mr. Soren Skou CEO, Maersk Tankers
2013 Mr. David W. Williams President & CEO, Noble Drilling Corporation
2015 McAllister Family McAllister Towing & Transportation Co., Inc.
2017 Mr. Christopher J. Wiernicki President, Chairman & CEO, American Bureau of Shipping