Shipping company Eimskip USA was honored by the Maine Maritime Museum last week for its “extraordinary contributions” to the state’s maritime heritage and its impact on Maine’s culture and economy.

The company, which is based in Iceland but operates its U.S. headquarters in Portland, received the museum’s annual Mariners Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

“The Icelandic shipping company’s decision in 2013 to make Portland its primary U.S. port of call has had – and will continue to have – a transformative effect on Maine’s economy,” according to a release from the museum announcing the honor.

It cited the company’s involvement in getting Maine to become an active member of the multinational Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum for discussing sustainable development and environmental protection and other issues in the Arctic. Portland will host an Arctic Council forum in October, drawing representatives from countries all over the world.

John Henshaw, executive director of the Maine Port Authority, provided the keynote address, and Eimskip USA’s Managing Director Larus Isfeld accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

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