Big industry personalities amongst winners at annual Seatrade Awards ceremony

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus OBE and Jorge L Quijano honoured on the night

Eminent figures from across the shipping industry gathered in London’s Guildhall last night (May 6, 2016) to honour the achievements of the past year and the distinguished careers of winners at the 28th Seatrade Awards.

The prestigious evening, attended by more than 300 of the industry’s leading personalities, was hosted by Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review, Bob Jaques, in the presence of the guest of honour, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

Among those collecting awards were key industry names that included:

  • Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus OBE, Chairman, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs received the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award;
  • Mr Jorge L. Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority who received the Seatrade Personality Award;
  • Stavroula Betsakou, received the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award;
  • Philip Pascoe accepted the Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy on behalf of the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea whilst Special Commendation was given to Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) and accepted by Jamal Al Ali;
  • Andrew Baldwin, Head of CARE and Customer Change, Carnival UK, accepted the Seatrade Global Performer Award on behalf of Carnival Corporation and plc
  • Peter Hinchliffe OBE accepted the IMO Themed Award 2016 ‘Shipping: indispensable to the world’ award.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim commented: “Each year shipping faces an ocean of challenges. Some planned and some unpredictable. It is our task, together, to navigate these with all the skill, dedication and cooperation that we can muster. This is why it is so encouraging to have these Seatrade Awards as a vital reminder of shipping’s ability to tap into rich currents of innovation and excellence, because by recognising and celebrating those who have demonstrated a clear ability to make improvements in key areas such as safety at sea and clean shipping, others may be encouraged to strive for similar achievements.”

The awards, in time old tradition, remain a secret until the night and are unveiled to great fanfare and celebration.

Other Seatrade Awards 2016 winners are:

  1. Safety at Sea
    Sponsor: Lloyd’s Register
    Announcer: Tom Boardley, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and External Affairs, Lloyd’s Register
    Mr Kazuyuki Higaki, Executive Senior Managing Director

  2. Clean Shipping
    : RINA
    Announcer: Michele Francioni, CEO, RINA Services SpA
    Recipient: GAC EnvironHull Limited
    Mr Simon Doran, Managing Director

  3. Innovation In Ship Operations
    Presented by: Seatrade Cruise Review
    Announcer: Mary Bond, Managing Director of Publishing, Seatrade
    Recipient: ExxonMobil
    Ms Nathalie Freeman, Global Marketing Project Advisor

  4. Investment in People
    Sponsor:DNV GL
    Announcer: Martin Crawford-Brunt, Regional Business Development Manager, DNV GL
    Recipient: Marine Society
    Ms Carla Rockson, Head of Seafarer Education

  5. Corporate Social Responsibility
    Presented by:Seatrade Maritime News
    Announcer:Vanessa Stephens, Global Events Director, Seatrade
    Recipient: Drydocks World Dubai LLC
    Mr Mohammad Abdulrazaq Alawadhi, Director - HSSEQ & Business Excellence

  6. Deal of the Year
    Announcer:Fergus Bird, Global Sales Director, Seatrade
    Recipient: Topaz Energy and Marine
    Mr Geoff Taylor, Chief Operating Officer

  7. Seatrade Young Person in Shipping
    Presented by: Seatrade Cruise News
    Announcer: Mary Bond, Managing Director of Publishing, Seatrade
    Winner: Ms Stavroula Betsako

  8. Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy
    Sponsor:DP World
    Announcer:Dirk van den Bosch, Commercial Director, Europe and Russia, DP World
    Special Commendation: Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
    Accepted by: Mr Jamal Al Ali
    Winner: Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea
    Accepted by: Mr Philip Pascoe, Project Lead

  9. IMO Themed Award 2016: “Shipping: indispensable to the world”
    Presented by
    : Seatrade Maritime Review
    Announcer: Fergus Bird, Global Sales Director, Seatrade
    Winner: Peter Hinchliffe OBE

  10. Seatrade Global Performer Award
    Presented by: Vanessa Stephens, Global Events Director, Seatrade
    Winner: Carnival Corporation and plc
    Accepted by: Andrew Baldwin, Head of CARE and Customer Change, Carnival UK

  11. Seatrade Special Contribution Award
    Presented by: Andrew Williams, General Manager, Seatrade
    Winner: China Classification Society
    Accepted by: Mr Zhang Hui, Director, Europe Regional Center

  12. Seatrade Personality
    Sponsor: ClassNK
    Announcer: M Abdul Rahim, Regional Manager, ClassNK
    Winner: Mr Jorge L. Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority

  13. Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award
    Sponsor: ABS
    Announcer: Dr Kirsi Tikka, Executive Vice President, Global Marine, ABS
    Winner: Mr Philippe Louis-Dreyfus OBE, Chairman, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs


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