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Bahrain-based Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry) has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent Awards (MEIS) 2012 in Dubai.

The award, chosen by a 12-strong panel of industry judges, was due to Asry's comprehensive employee welfare, training initiatives and environmental programmes, said a report in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.

The yard boasts an ongoing calendar of medical and social events that includes more than 90 events throughout any given year; training initiatives totalling more than $7 million to encourage local labour force empowerment and vocational education; and environmental initiatives totalling more than $3 million, including the creation of a yard-wide sewage treatment system," chief executive Chris Potter said.

"Asry has always taken its responsibility towards its community very seriously, and we're very proud to have our efforts recognised on an international level.

"As the yard looks to extend its leading position in the region, we will keep our focus on giving back to the people and place that we call home," he added.

The award was the second accolade Asry won this year, having already taken home the Safety Award at the Lloyds List MEIS Awards 2012.

Previous honours include the Shipyard of the Year award at the Lloyds List MEIS Awards 2011 and Corporate Social Responsibility Awards from Seatrade and MEIS Awards 2010.

The sixth Seatrade Middle East Maritime Exhibition & Conference is concluding today (November 29) at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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