Eminent figures from across the shipping industry gathered in London’s Guildhall last night (May 6, 2015) to honour the achievements of the past year and the distinguished careers of winners at the 27th Seatrade Awards.
The prestigious evening, attended by more than 350 of the industry’s leading personalities, was hosted by international broadcaster and journalist, Todd Benjamin, in the presence of guest of honour, Alderman The Lord Mountevans, the current Chairman of both Maritime London and Maritime UK.
A broker at Clarksons, Lord Mountevans welcomed guests to Guildhall, which falls within Cheap, his ward within the City of London and said: “What an event, what an audience. Looking over the list of those attending I think that many of you and the firms that you represent deserve to be honoured.”
Among those collecting awards were five key industry names: Captain Panagiotis Tsakos, Founder and Chairman of Tsakos Group who received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award; Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization who received the Seatrade Personality Award; George Logothetis, CEO, Libra Group who received the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award; Colonel (retd) John Steed, Director, Oceans Beyond Piracy who received the Seatrade Awards for Countering Piracy and Wan Min, Executive VP, COSCO, who received the Seatrade Global Performer Award.
On receiving his award, Capt. Tsakos said: “The success of the company I have set up is not the accomplishment of one man, one family or even one generation. It is rather the collective outcome of hard work and ongoing sacrifices made by many generations, initiated by our forefathers who planted in us the seed of seamanship, and a devotion to the sea.”
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu added his comments on receiving his award, which he devoted to his wife, saying: “I would like to humbly receive this great honour for all people who support the IMO, including all the staff members of the secretariat and my family”.
The award for countering piracy drew strong support from the audience as the achievements of retired Colonel John Steed in returning seafarers held hostage in Somalia to their families were listed. Collecting the award on behalf of Colonel Steed, Richard Neylon, Partner at Holman Fenwick Willan commented: “Without John’s work and others’ work, many captured seafarers would never have found their way home. Today 26 seafarers remain hostage in Somalia, and with the help of the industry it is hoped they can make their way home, and we can close this dark chapter in maritime history.”
Lomar Shipping CEO, Achim Bohme, received the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award on behalf of winner George Logothetis, CEO of Libra Group and paid homage to Logothetis’ leadership during his time at Lomar which saw the fleet grow to 75-strong.
Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica was honoured with the IMO-themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015 for Maritime education and training and said: ”I feel greatly honoured and humbled to be recognised on this global stage and receive this award, particularly in the presence of some of the world’s maritime leaders.”
Receiving the Global Performer Award, Wan Min – Executive Vice President, Cosco, said: “We have been through some tough years indeed, but through restructuring and cost cutting and customer partnership building, we earned a strong year in 2014. As far as the wider shipping industry we are at the middle of the tunnel, with a few years to go until we see reasonable market improvements. In this sense we need to be together to protect ourselves and this industry.”
The awards, in time old tradition, remain a secret until the night and are unveiled to great fanfare and celebration.
Other Seatrade Awards 2015 winners are:
Safety at Sea sponsored by Lloyd’s Register
Presenter: Mr Tom Boardley, Marine Director, Lloyd’s Register
Received by: Mr Bob Duncan, Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Clean Shipping supported by Seatrade Insider
Presenter: Mary Bond, Managing Director, Publishing Seatrade, Editor, Seatrade Cruise-Review & Seatrade Insider, UBM EMEA
Winners: There were two winners in this category: DNV-GL and Drydocks World – Dubai
Received by: Mr Sigvald Breivik, Chief Technical Officer, Norled
Received on behalf of Drydocks World – Dubai by: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum al Maktoum, Deputy Head of Mission and First Secretary of the UAE Embassy
Innovation in Ship Operations sponsored by Inmarsat
Presenter: Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime
Winner: Setel PowerLine Limited
Received by: Mr Sebastian Moore, Managing Director
Investment in People sponsored by DNV-GL
Presenter: Knut Orbeck-Nilssen, President
Winner: The Nautical Institute
Received by: Mr David Patriako, Director of Projects
Seatrade provides a range of global events, websites and publications that covers every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries, bringing together key people to encourage innovation and to produce powerful learning, networking and promotional platforms.
Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired recently in 2014 by UBM, the world’s second largest media and event organiser. Seatrade sits with the UBM EMEA, which connects people and creates opportunities for companies to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote brands and expand markets.
Operating in over 23 countries, UBM EMEA organizes many of the world’s largest, most important exhibitions, conferences, awards, directories, websites and publications in a wide variety of industries.
For full details about this event, visit: www.seatrade-awards.com