Blue & Gold Fleet Wins the 2014 Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award

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Blue & Gold Fleet was recognized with the 2014 Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award at the Passenger Vessel Association’s recent conference in Texas.

Blue & Gold Fleet was awarded the 2014 Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award at the Passenger Vessel Association’s conference in Texas. This award recognizes companies who demonstrate safety in the marine environment and embody the principles and techniques of the safety training required in the passenger vessel industry.

Blue & Gold Fleet’s company-wide safety management system has resulted in the safe transportation of 2.8 million passengers who ride both the ferry and excursions services on the San Francisco Bay, one of the most congested inland waterways in the country.

“This recognition is what our mission at Blue & Gold is all about and what we spend hours of practice and training on,” said Carolyn Horgan, president of Blue & Gold Fleet. “We have proudly created a proactive safety culture.”

This became evident in the summer and fall of 2013, when the San Francisco Bay Area endured two transit strikes and a five-day closure of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. During those 13 days, Blue & Gold Fleet had 18 vessels in operation and carried more than 200,000 passengers, an increase of three times the normal load, and all without incident.

"This company-wide reduction of incidents and claims cannot be attributed to any one person, but reflects Blue & Gold employees’ commitment to safety,” said Director of Operations Patrick Murphy.

The award, established in 2003, is named after the late Roger Murphy, a long-time proponent of marine safety and training, and founder of the precursor to the Passenger Vessel Association Safety and Security Committee. Murphy was also the founder of Blue & Gold Fleet.

About the Company:
Blue & Gold Fleet is the bay area's largest and premier provider of Bay Cruises, Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours. While we live for intrigue and adventure, safety is the cornerstone of our entire operation. Blue & Gold Fleet is committed to operating in a safe, environmentally responsible and quality manner throughout our company. We will provide a hazard-free work environment for our employees and a safe quality experience for our customers that exceeds their expectations. Through best management practices and sustainability programs we exhibit our commitment to protect and renew the environment. These strategies will enhance our financial viability and long term growth.

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