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October 2021

At the 25th Annual International Golden Compass Awards Gala, the 2021 Golden Compass Award was bestowed upon Cliff Berry II. This award is given annually by the Seafarers’ House, a not for profit founded in 1989 and provides a welcome refuge to seafarers from over 80 countries each year. Seafarers’ House hosts nearly 150,000 crew visits annually, more than any other agency in North America, providing mariners with practical care and spiritual support.

Ninety percent of everything we use, consume and wear comes to us aboard cargo ships. Seafarers spend months at a time, year after year onboard these ships. That means time away from family and friends. The hours are long, the work is difficult, and Seafarers’ House offers a place of welcome and rest along with friendly faces in a foreign land. Pastoral services, wire transfers, access to Wi-Fi, food, shelter, transportation and emergency services if needed are just a few of the things crew will find when they reach the Seafarers’ House.

For more than 20 years, Cliff Berry, II dedicated his time and passion for the mission to Seafarers’ House. “The Berry family’s support of Seafarers’ House has been instrumental in our ability to serve Port Everglades maritime community, especially during these most difficult times,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Jennifer Stewart. “We are grateful for the family’s decades-long generosity, which has had such a positive impact on the lives of our seafaring community.”

The prestigious Golden Compass Award recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the maritime industry, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. Cliff Berry, Sr. received the award 20 years ago.

About the award, Cliff Berry, II said, “My father founded our company six decades ago and grew it into a nationally recognized powerhouse that I now have the privilege to lead. He dedicated his life to Port Everglade’s maritime community. It is such a privilege and honor to be able to follow in his footsteps in receiving this award.”

Find out more about Cliff Berry, II’s dedication to all things maritime and why he received this award HERE

Learn more about Seafarers’ House HERE


Pictured: Glenn A. Wiltshire, Secretary Fort Lauderdale’s Seafarers’ House, Cliff Berry, II, Jonathan T. Daniels, Chief Executive and Port Director, Port Everglades. (photo from October issue of On Deck)

The prestigious Golden Compass Award is recognized throughout the marine industry. So much so that Jonathan T. Daniels, Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director recognized the accomplishment in the October issue of the Port Everglades On Deck Newsletter.

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