London, 14th July 2014 – TT Club, a leading insurance provider to the freight transport industry, is continuing its sponsorship of FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award. The relationship between the two organisations in relation to this training and development award is now in its sixteenth year and is aimed at identifying, recognising and encouraging young talent throughout the freight forwarding community around the world.
The four regional finalists, selected this year from a record number of entries from 22 national forwarding associations are:
- Africa/Middle East: Miss Fortunate Nompumelelo Mboweni, South Africa
- Americas: Mr Douglas Whitlock, Canada
- Asia-Pacific: Mr Saiful Ridhwan Bin Zulkifli, Singapore
- Europe: Mr Christian Hensen, Germany
This year’s entries were of a very high standard and featured a spread of dissertation topics that were of a marked variety, demonstrating the complexity of the logistics supply chain. These included the transportation of tunnel drilling equipment to Bolivia, the delivery of a catamaran to Indonesia, a project to move radioactive isotopes from South Africa to Namibia and the expedited deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team in the Philippines. Many entries appealed to the judges for their overall innovative solutions, displaying a depth of operational understanding and the delivery of a safe result.
The finalists will travel to Istanbul, Turkey for the FIATA World Congress, taking place between 13 and 18 October. They will receive their regional prizes of certificates and trophies, and make individual presentations of their work to the Awards Steering Committee, who will then select and announce the overall winner of the prestigious International Award.
The prize given to the award winner principally consists of practical and academic training, including a week based at one of TT Club’s regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey plus a week in TT Club’s Head Office in London. Additionally, one year’s subscription to the International Transport Journal (ITZ), Switzerland is granted to all four regional winners.
Andrew Kemp, TT Club’s Regional Director, EMEA and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee, comments, “The Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award aims at contributing to the development of quality professionals in the freight forwarding industry and at rewarding young talent with valuable training opportunities. At TT Club, we are proud to have been a sponsor of the award since its inception and firmly believe in the importance of individual training and on-going development of professional freight forwarders in order to maintain the highest of standards within the industry”.
Documentation for the 2015 Award will be distributed to FIATA Association members this autumn, with a deadline for nominating candidates of 15 January 2015.
TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, the TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.
Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.