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Port Honors BP Chairman and President Bob Malone

Officials Present Honorary Port Pilot Award in Long Beach

May 22, 2007

The Port of Long Beach has presented its highest honor, the Honorary Port Pilot Award, to Robert (Bob) Malone, the chairman and president of BP America, Inc.

Malone is BP's chief representative in the United States. He was appointed to his current role as Chairman and President of BP America, Inc. in mid-2006. He was formerly Chief Executive of BP Shipping Ltd., responsible for BP's global shipping operations.

"During the last half-century, the Port of Long Beach has presented its Honorary Port Pilot Award to 73 extraordinary leaders who made giant contributions to international trade and commerce," said Harbor Commission President James C. Hankla. "Bob Malone has done even more. He has made major contributions to trade, commerce, the maritime industry and the environment."

Port officials presented the award to Malone on Tuesday, May 22 during a ceremony in Long Beach. 

BP, which operates a facility at Pier T, is the Port’s largest liquid bulk customer. BP is the first Port customer to voluntarily agree to use environmentally friendly shore-side electricity at its terminal. That project is under construction and is expected to be completed this fall. 

Hankla, in a presentation speech Tuesday, cited Malone’s strong record of environmental and safety leadership, including BP’s conversion to safer, double-hulled oil tankers, and his ongoing support for the Port of Long Beach’s environmental Green Port Policy. Hankla said the honor for Malone was Long Beach’s first "’Green’ Port Pilot Award."

The Honorary Port Pilot award is named for the port pilots who are entrusted to safely guide cargo ships in and out of the harbor. Since 1954, the Port has honored individuals for their leadership and achievements in international trade. The port has presented the award to CEOs of leading corporations, prime ministers, ambassadors, members of Congress, Cabinet officials and presidents, including President Ronald Reagan.

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