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Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2016: The Winners

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01Mr. Junichiro Iida, executive vice president of Event Sponsor ClassNK, opened the event with a few words to the international audience.


Laskaridis, Efthymiou and Hajioannou win major awards as nearly 1,200 turn out for shipping awards gala

– Thenamaris, Samos Steamship, National Bank of Greece and Helmepa Junior among those honoured –

A NEW RECORD attendance and a host of celebrities contributed to the success of the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards for 2016, which were presented at a packed dinner event on Friday, December 2 at the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel in Athens.

02The Honourable Mr Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of Malta, addressed guests at the Welcome Reception sponsored by Malta Ship Registry.

Nearly 1,200 of Greece’s leading shipping personalities, executives and their guests were present to see some of the Greek shipping industry’s best-known personalities and companies recognised.

The event, organised by Lloyd’s List, the international maritime newspaper established in 1734, included welcoming speeches by Greece’s minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Panagiotis Kouroumblis, and Junichiro Iida, executive vice president of ClassNK, the event’s overall lead sponsor.

03The Minister of Shipping & Island Policy, Mr. Panagiotis Kouroumblis, greeted the audience with a brief Welcome Address.

Guests enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail reception hosted by the Malta Ship Registry and the event was also supported by numerous Greek and international companies sponsoring individual awards.

Hellenic Chamber of Shipping President, George Pateras, presented a donation on behalf of the event organisers to ‘Argo’, the charity supporting children with special needs in the families of Greek seafarers.

Mr. Jiping Chen of China Classification Society made the Champagne Toast to the health of the Greek shipping industry.

The awards are held annually to recognise and reward achievement and meritorious activity in the Greek shipping industry as well as to promote Greece’s status as a maritime centre.

Winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges representing a broad cross-section of the Greek shipping industry.


Mr. Panos Laskaridis accepting the Greek Shipping Personality of the Year Award from Mr. Nikolaos Karamouzis of sponsor Eurobank Group.

Panos Laskaridis was named 2016 Greek Shipping Personality of the Year. Mr Laskaridis for a landmark year that advanced Laskaridis Shipping Company’s diversification from its reefer business into becoming a leading dry bulk owner. Other new moves included investment in a new dry bulk terminal in Uruguay. Additionally, Mr Laskaridis has been earmarked as next President of ECSA – the European Community Shipowners’ Associations – a key position to represent Greek shipping’s concerns.

Lloyd’s List’s Greek Shipping Newsmaker of the Year Award went to Polys Hajioannou, chief executive of US-listed Safe Bulkers, for “playing good defence” and by being transparently fair to shareholders. Regular deals with lenders in 2016 strengthened the position of Safe Bulkers.

Mr Hajiannou has also been creative in finding new funds without diluting the company’s shareholders. Steps included himself purchasing two newbuildings on terms that favoured his public investors. The Award is decided by the editorial staff of Lloyd’s List.

Mr. Nicos D. Efthymiou receiving the Lloyd’s List/Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award from Mr. Vassilis Kroustallis of sponsor ABS.


Nicos D. Efthymiou was awarded the Lloyd’s List / Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding careerthat included serving as President of the Union of Greek Shipowners from 2003-2009.

He has long been a champion of the Greek flag, Greek seafarers and development of Piraeus into an international business centre.


Mr. Theofilos Xenakoudis of sponsor IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry presenting the Next Generation Shipping Award to Ms. Stavroula Betsakou

Stavroula Betsakou won the New Generation Shipping Award, open to personalities of no more than 40 years of age. A graduate of the University of Piraeus, Ms Betsakou is head of Tanker Research for Howe Robinson, leading a team of four analysts operating from London and Singapore.

She has performed more than 220 tanker market presentations in 21 cities and is frequently hailed as one of the industry’s most exciting young talents.


Mr. Peter Hinchliffe accepting the International Personality of the Year Award from Mr. Gerry Ventouris of sponsor Capital Ship Management Corporation.


Peter Hinchliffe was elected International Personality of the Year, the only award open exclusively to non-Greeks. Mr Hinchliffe joined the International Chamber of Shipping in 2001 after 27 years with the Royal Navy. Since 2010 he has been Secretary General of the ICS, and a stalwart supporter of the industry in all fora.

Mr. Anastasios Tzamouranis of Samos Steamship Co. accepting the Dry Cargo Company of the Year Award from Matthew More of sponsor Marichem Marigases.

The recipient of the Dry Cargo Company of the Year Award for 2016 was Samos Steamship Co, a company with a 140-year history that has this year expanded with several bulker acquisitions, including the purchase of its largest-ever dry cargo vessel, a Very Large Ore Carrier.


Mr. Nikolas Martinos of Thenamaris accepting the Tanker Company of the Year Award from Mr. Lambros Chahalis of sponsor Bureau Veritas.

As Tanker Company of the Year the panel chose one of the industry’s most celebrated names – Thenamaris, long recognised as one of the most advanced tanker companies worldwide in its systems, planning and treatment of employees.


The Thenamaris fleet now stands at about 60 tankers including 10 on order, and the company has been building a presence in new sectors such as LNG and LPG.


Mr. Antonis Maniadakis of Minoan Lines accepting the Passenger Line of the Year Award from Mr. Raffaele Palumbo of sponsor Palumbo Group.

The judges chose Minoan Lines as Passenger Line of the Year for a variety of reasons: the quality of its ships and services, its increasing investment in Hellenic Seaways, the leading domestic ferry operator, and its impressive results as it emerges from the crisis plaguing the sector.

It has steadily supported numerous charities in Crete and in Greece.

Mr. Takis Christofides of Carriers Chartering Corporation accepting the Shipbroker of the Year Award from Mr. Harry Hajimichael of sponsor The Tsakos Group.

Carriers Chartering Corporation won the Shipbroker of the Year Award, its second victory in this category.  Shipowners that nominated Carriers testified to its close relationships with first-class charterers, its market expertise and support, and its ethical approach to its profession.

2016 has been a particularly good year for Carriers with more than 650 deals in the first nine months, up from 2014 and 2013.

Mr. Leonidas Fragkiadakis of National Bank of Greece accepting the Shipping Financier of the Year Award from Ms. Milena Pappas of sponsor Star Bulk Carriers Corporation.

The Shipping Financier of the Year Award went to National Bank of Greece. NBG has been in shipping finance for a century and from the mid-1990s, led by the late Alexandros Tourkolias, it expanded as a major lender. Today NBG maintains a $2.5bn portfolio of loans to Greek owners.

Despite difficult conditions the bank has been selectively lending to stand by its existing clients. In 2016 it also launched a new tool providing trade finance and advice to support Greek maritime manufacturing exports.

10Mr. Vassilios Papageorgiou accepting the Technical Achievement Award from Mr. Loizos Isaias of sponsor DNV GL.

Vassilis Papageorgiou, Vice Chairman of the Tsakos Group, won the Technical Achievement Award. He spent 23 years with Lloyd’s Register, rising higher than any other Greek surveyor before him.

For Tsakos, he has overseen 70 newbuildings of diverse types in various countries and has stood out for his contribution to making shipping a stronger, safety-focused industry.



Ms. Despina Panayiotou Theodossiou of sponsor Tototheo Group presenting the Piraeus International Centre Award to Eleni Polychronopoulou of HEMEXPO.


HEMEXPO was recipient of this year’s prestigious Piraeus International Centre Award. HEMEXPO – the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters – was established in 2014 to promote Greek-made equipment on ships constructed overseas. It has already succeeded, with the support of a few of the country’s leading shipowners, in penetrating markets that previously were unaware of Greek manufacturing companies.


Mr. Nick Brown of sponsor Lloyd’s Register with Constantinos Kolovos and Olympia Zisi of Helmepa Junior with Mr. George Gratsos of Helmepa, receiving the Award for Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection.

Helmepa Junior won the Award for Safety or Environmental Protection Congratulations to Helmepa Junior. Over the last year, members of the programme carried out a record 3,900 activities throughout Greece with the aim of helping the environment and raising awareness.

The Seafarer of the Year Award was won by Capt Diamantis Papageorgiou. Captain Papageorgiou has served as Master of more than 50 different ferries in Greece’s coastal services and is known for being entrusted with the most difficult routes.

Ms. Natalia Tsavliris-Vasilopoulos of sponsor Tsavliris Salvage Group presenting the Seafarer of the Year Award to Capt. Diamantis Papageorgiou of “Nissos Rodos”.

Difficult to replace, in his 16 years as a Captain he has taken a total of only one-and-a-half months’ leave. Currently, he is Master of the ‘Nissos Rodos’ for Hellenic Seaways and typifies the company’s commitment to provide a service to the islands under often difficult conditions.


15Mr. Leonidas Demetriades-Eugenides of the Eugenides Foundation accepting the Award for Achievement in Education or Training from Mr. Dimitris Heliotis of sponsor Target Marine Group.


The Eugenides Foundation was winner of the 2016 Education or Training Award. Its wide-ranging and consistent support for marine education over the years has included publishing 134 books, offering of scholarships, and donating simulators and other equipment to the state schools.

The Foundation recently spent more than 700,000 Euros to repair and refurbish the Merchant Marine Academy of the Ionian Islands in Cephalonia after the earthquake damage of 2014.

Mr. Mathieu Antin (centre) of sponsor RightShip with Ms. Vanessa Florou, Irini and Elisavet Tsakos and Ms. Alexia Papageorgiou accepting the Ship of the Year Award for “Maria Energy”.

The Ship of the Year Award went to the brand-new LNG carrier Maria Energy of Tsakos Energy Navigation. The Maria Energy was delivered in October 2016 from Hyundai Heavy Industries and was the Tsakos newbuilding department’s 100th newbuilding.

The 174,000 cubic metre vessel is the company’s second LNG carrier and the company’s first with tri-fuel diesel electric propulsion.




Cyprus’ Transport, Communications and Works Minister Marios Demetriades (centre) presenting the Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award to Mr. Richard Greiner and Costas Constantinou of Moore Stephens. The Award was sponsored by the Department of Merchant Shipping of Cyprus.

The Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award was presented to Moore Stephens for its unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool, ‘OpCost’. Greek-owned ships are the biggest contributor to the OpCost database and the tool is keenly used by Greek owners, especially in poor markets that require even stricter cost controls.

The winner was chosen by LLI.

The Awards are supported by prominent bodies in Greek shipping, including the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee. Supporting organisations also include The Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – Helmepa, the Hellenic Shipbrokers’ Association, the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies, the Propeller Club, International Port of Piraeus, WISTA Hellas, the Association of Banking & Financial Executives of Hellenic Shipping, and the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration.



Mr. Costis J. Frangoulis of sponsor Franman Group presenting the Greek Shipping Newsmaker of the Year Award to Mr. Polys Hajioannou.

Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2016


Dry Cargo Company of the Year

Samos Steamship Co.

Tanker Company of the Year


Passenger Line of the Year

Minoan Lines

Shipbroker of the Year

Carriers Chartering Corporation

Shipping Financier of the Year

National Bank of Greece

Mr. George D. Pateras of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping presenting the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards annual donation to ARGO, accepted by Mrs. Despina Papastelianou.

Technical Achievement Award

Vassilis Papageorgiou

Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection

Helmepa Junior

Piraeus International Centre Award


International Personality of the Year

Peter Hinchliffe

Seafarer of the Year

Co-hosts for the 2016 Greek Shipping Awards were Nigel Lowry and Andriana Paraskevopoulou.

Capt. Diamantis Papageorgiou

Achievement in Education or Training

Eugenides Foundation

Ship of the Year

 “Maria Energy”

Next Generation Shipping Award

Stavroula Betsakou

Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award

Moore Stephens

The 17 trophies awaiting the winners of the 2016 Greek Shipping Awards.

Lloyd’s List/Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award

Nicos D. Efthymiou 

Greek Shipping Newsmaker of the Year

Polys Hajioannou

Greek Shipping Personality of the Year

Panos Laskaridis

A record attendance of 1,200 guests at this year’s event.

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