Captain Sinoy (far left) and his crew with the rescued Italian nationals
11 July 2012 – Captain Ely C. Sinoy, master of M/V Daio Azalea, received a Letter of Commendation from Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Koji Sekimizu for the bravery he and his crew exhibited in rescuing, in bad weather conditions, two Italian crew members of the pleasure craftStella Cometa from a lifecraft last May 10.
The award was given by the IMO Council during the 2012 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea which convened last June in London.
Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Philippine Permanent Representative to IMO, remarked: “The recognition given to Captain Sinoy and his crew once again demonstrate that Filipino seafarers are not only world-class but are also willing to risk their lives to rescue victims of maritime accidents.”
Captain Sinoy is the fourth recipient of the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea in recent years. The earlier recipients of IMO Letters of Commendation were Lt. Commander Vanessa Anne I. Garon and Ensign Maria Alexandra I. Garon of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2009 for their role in searching for victims of the capsized M/V Princess of the Stars and Captain Jeffrey J. Federigan, master of M/V Delmas Nacal, for his role in evading the capture of his vessels by Somali pirates in 2011.
Filipino sea marshals, composed of Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Samuel B. Boniol, Navy Petty Officer Third Class Anifer S. Bucao, Navy Seaman First Class Oliver S. Cogo, and PNP Senior Police Officer Loreto F. Justo, received in 2010 the IMO Certificates of Commendation for their role in the safe disembarkation of passengers from the ill-fated M/V Super Ferry 9. END