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COSCO's Capt. Wei and NITC's Chairman Souri honoured at Seatrade Awards

London: Capt. Wei Jia-fu, President & CEO of COSCO, received a special Lifetime Achievement Award and NITC Chairman Mohammad Souri won Personality of the Year at the 22nd Seatrade Awards held last night in the Guildhall, London.

Announcing Capt. Wei's honour was Mr  Xing Liangzhong of Dalian Port Corporation Ltd, sponsor of the award, in the presence of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos, Guest of Honour First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Sir Mark Stanhope and over 300 guests.

"To me, this Lifetime Achievement award is not an end to my service for our industry, instead, it is just a new beginning from where I have to work even harder to make sure that our shipping industry is safer, cleaner and more efficient," said Capt. Wei.

Mohammad Souri, Chairman & Managing Director of NITC, won the Seatrade Personality Award for 2010. In his acceptance speech he called on the IMO Secretary-General to continue all possible efforts to stem the scourge of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, pointing out his company's tanker fleet had been subject to no fewer than 21 separate attacks over the past 18 months.
 
The Seatrade Global Performer 2010 award was presented to Sovcomflot in recognition of its pioneering work with Arctic icebreaking tanker operations. Harry Vafias, Founder & CEO, StealthGas Inc was awarded the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping 2010 Award (sponsored by Drydocks World).

This year a special Seatrade Award was presented to mark the IMO's Year of the Seafarer. The Award was presented to Michael Grey, in recognition of his strong advocacy of the interests of seafarers in his columns over many years.

The panel of independent judges representing 10 top industry bodies selected the following winners and runners-up in the technical categories:

CATEGORY I - SAFETY AT SEA
(Award sponsored by Lloyd's Register)

Winner:
Honeywell Marine, France
GASBAL DA400

Runners up:
Datema Delfzijl B.V., The Netherlands
ENCTrack distribution system

United Kingdom Maritime Component Command, Bahrain
United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation

CATEGORY II - PROTECTION OF THE MARINE AND ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT
(Award sponsored by ABS)

Winner:
MAN Diesel SE, Germany
VTA (Variable Turbine Area)

Runners up:
Applied Weather Technology, Inc., USA
BonVoyage Marine Voyage Optimization System Version 6.0

Eniram Ltd, Finland
Eniram Dynamic Trimming Assistant (DTA)

CATEGORY III - INNOVATION IN SHIP OPERATIONS
(Award sponsored by Seatrade Asia Week)

Winner:
PSM Instrumentation Ltd, UK
Clearview

Runners up:
Frédéric Wetzel Architecture Agency, France
TRIDOCK Hospital Ship (THS)

Det Norske Veritas AS, Norway
Synchronized ship and port operations (Synchroport)

CATEGORY IV - INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE

Winner:
Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), Greece
Voluntary, refresher training for the Greek Shipping Community

Runners up:
Anglo Eastern Maritime Training, India
Recruitment and training of ship's crew

MISC Berhad, Malaysia
Sea-going Professionals Development Strategy

[25/05/10]

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