The Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) is proud to recognize one of its members, Dyno Nobel Inc., as the recipient of the 2013-2014 Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security. The award was received by Dyno Nobel’s ammonium nitrate plant in Donora, Pennsylvania, in award category, Small Facility of the Year.
The Bennis Award was established by the U.S. Coast Guard to recognize and encourage organizations who are subject to Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requirements and who establish and foster a comprehensive culture of security throughout their workforce. The award highlights exceptional security programs and organizations that lead their community and industry in promoting the maritime security practices necessary to safeguard the nation’s marine transportation system. Other 2013-2014 award categories included Port Authority of the Year; Large Facility of the Year; and Company of the Year.
Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, assistant commander for prevention policy stated “I applaud this year’s Bennis Award recipients for demonstration for us all best practices to leverage partnerships, develop business practices and implement physical security measures that build a culture of security in their organizations. We all own the Marine Transportation System and we all have a part in securing it; we must stay focused on our security systems to guard against complacency and prepare for emerging threats such as cyber attacks.”
The mission of IME is to promote safety and security and the protection of employees, users, the public and the environment and encourage the adoption of uniform rules and regulations in the manufacture, transportation, storage, handling, use and disposal of explosive materials. IME’s mission is also to advocate at all levels of government the adoption of rules and regulations consistent with safety and security in the manufacture, transportation, storage, handling, use and disposal of explosive materials.
IME is honored to highlight this example of the culture of safety and security integrated into daily operations and procedures at member facilities. More information about IME and its safety and security standards can be found at www.IME.org.