SCI Announces Silver Bell Awards Dinner Honorees

Mar 31, 2008

Over 1,000 supporters of the Seamen’s Church Institute will attend the 31st Annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 12 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Prior to the Silver Bell Awards Dinner, guests will view a spectacular parade of working vessels.

Honorees Michael Grey to receive the Silver Bell Award. William O. Gray to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Paul S. Edelman to receive a Distinguished Law Award.

Michael Grey, a journalist in the maritime and transport field for more than 35 years, is an author, broadcaster, and lecturer. He has served as technical editor of Shipbuilding & Shipping Record, and editor of both Fairplay International Shipping Weekly and Lloyd’s List. An active author for maritime publications and broadcaster for maritime issues, he remains a columnist and lead writer for Lloyd’s List. Grey is also a consultant to The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and lectures at the World Maritime University and Greenwich Maritime Institute. A Fellow of the Nautical Institute, he was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to marine safety in the Millennium Honours List.

William O. Gray has spent over 50 years working in the maritime industry for improved safety and efficiency, especially in the development of the world’s tanker fleet. With degrees from Yale and University of Michigan, and service in the US Navy, his career as a naval architect started at Bethlehem Steel in 1959 where he worked on preliminary and structural design for merchant and naval ships. In 1964, he moved to Exxon he supervised tanker development from 90,000 to over 500,000 deadweight tons. This included studies of safety and pollution prevention measures and inaugural development of ship handling manned models and bridge simulators. In the ‘70s Gray was the oil industry’s spokesperson at the IMO and US Congress. In the ‘80s he managed Exxon’s tanker fleet—then the world’s largest and safest. In 1987 Gray joined the Skaarup Group to operate its fleet of 15 bulkers. Five years later he became a member of ABS Council, National Academy of Sciences Tanker Design Committee, LR American Committee, DNV North American Committee and a Trustee of Webb Institute. He is a Life Fellow and Land Medalist of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and former Director of Attransco. In 1994 he started Gray Maritime Co. a consultancy with clients worldwide including ship owners, shipyards and INTERTANKO. Throughout his career, Gray has been a frequent speaker and voluminous writer for maritime organizations worldwide.

Paul S. Edelman, Esq., a recognized authority in maritime and aviation law and federal practice, has had his writings quoted in decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts. He was a member of Kriendler & Kreindler for 53 years and is still active as counsel. Edelman served as the admiralty editor of the NY Law Journal for over 35 years and was adviser to the National Council on Marine Resources. Edelman is the author of Maritime Injury and Death, Editor-in-Chief of the Maritime Law Reporter, and Editor of the New York State Bar TICL Journal for many years.    An adviser of maritime law to the National Council on Marine Resources and to the U.S. State Department, he has participated in law seminars in Russia and throughout the United States. Edelman’s writings have been published in many law journals and other publications.