Captain Zak Farid wins Marine Safety Award



    OTTAWA, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Captain Zak Farid received today,
Transport Canada's Marine Safety Award for 2007 in recognition of his
outstanding contributions to Canadian marine safety.
    The award was presented in a brief ceremony held today in Ottawa, at the
biannual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. "Captain Farid's
commitment to safety makes him a true leader in his field," said the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities. "Transport Canada is pleased to recognize his exemplary
involvement in Canada's marine industry."
    Captain Farid was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the
International Maritime Organization for several years. He is well respected
for his long-standing contributions to the work of the Canadian Marine
Advisory Council. He is a fellow of the Nautical Institute, B.C. Branch and is
chair of the Navigation Aids and Navigation Safety Sub-committee of the
Pacific Coast Marine Review Panel. He is lead auditor conducting International
Safety Management (ISM) Audits for B.C. Ferries and is one of the safety
inspectors for Vanuatu Flag vessels arriving in Canada. Captain Farid also
holds the honour of being master of Canada's first hovercraft running on a
commercial basis.
    The Canadian Marine Advisory Council is a consultative body that
represents parties with a recognized interest in shipping, navigation and
marine pollution prevention. The council is chaired by Transport Canada and
meets twice a year to examine marine issues.
    The Transport Canada Marine Safety Award was established in 1997 to
stimulate an awareness of marine safety in Canada and to recognize persons,
groups, companies, organizations, agencies or departments that have
contributed, in an exceptional way, to this objective.

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For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Kirsten Goodnough, Transport Canada, Communications, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055


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