The crew of the Costa Concordia, which struck the island Italian island of Giglio on January 13 and capsized, have been collectively awarded the "Seafarer of the Year" award by Lloyd's List, a maritime publication.

In a statement released on Thursday, Lloyd's editors explained that the award -- which is not being shared with the ship's captain, who is currently awaiting trial -- was intended as a tribute to the crew's courage in the wake of the collision.

“When the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef off the island of Giglio on January 13, international attention inevitably focused on the actions of the master," wrote Lloyd's. "What was largely missed in the media storm that ensued were the genuine examples of bravery and professionalism displayed by members of the crew."

Though seamanship and Costa Concordia are hardly synonymous in the public imagination, the vast majority of the ship's crew was not faulted with the accident, which killed as many as 32 people. The death toll, while tragic, is small compared to the potential carnage: 4,229 people were aboard during the crisis.

At 290 meters long, 36 meters wide and 114,500 tonnes, the Costa Concordia may have been the largest ship to ever be wrecked.

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  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a scuba diver swims next to the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. The Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday after colliding with a rock. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. The Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday after colliding with a rock. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. The Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday after colliding with a rock. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. The Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday after colliding with a rock. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 the cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a view of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a scuba diver swims next to the body of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a view of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a breach is seen on the body of the cruise ship Costa Concordia Monday after it run aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a breach is seen on the body of the cruise ship Costa Concordia Monday after it run aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    In this underwater photo released by the Italian Coast Guard Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 a scuba diver swims inside the cruise ship Costa Concordia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 after it run aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Italian rescue officials say a passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, raising to six the number of confirmed dead in the disaster. Sixteen people remain unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Italian Coast Guard, ho)

  • Divers Race To Find Survivors

    An oil removal ship near the cruise ship Costa Concordia, leaning on its side, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, after running aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, last Friday night. The rescue operation was called off mid-afternoon Monday after the Costa Concordia shifted a few inches (centimeters) in rough seas. The fear is that if the ship shifts significantly, some 500,000 gallons of fuel may begin to leak. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)