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Seatrade honours Patrick Phoon at the Seatrade Asia Awards 2014

Seatrade honours Patrick Phoon at the Seatrade Asia Awards 2014
Honoured with the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Seatrade Asia Awards was Patrick Phoon, president of the Singapore Shipping Association and deputy managing director of Evergreen Shipping Agency (Singapore) Pte Ltd, on Monday evening at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore. Just over 350 top shipping executives from the local and regional shipping community gathered for the black tie event where 16 awards were presented in total.

Giving a heartfelt acceptance speech after receiving the award, Phoon said, "I am very honoured to receive this award. I could not have accomplished what I did without the support of so many people out there who shared their passion, their thoughts and their experiences with me unselfishly. More than that, they gave me their friendship to which I am most grateful."

Chris Hayman, chairman of Seatrade said: "Seatrade is delighted to recognise the achievements and dedication of Patrick Phoon, to the shipping community. In 40 years' service in shipping, Patrick has been a major contributor to the development to the maritime community here in Singapore and across Asia."

The Seatrade Personality of the Year award, recognising exceptional personal contribution to the industry in the region over the previous 12 months went to Xu Lirong, chairman of China Shipping (Group) Company. Xu is an outstanding leader in China's shipping industry, with extensive experience in container shipping and corporate management and a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Also honoured at the Awards was Sean Lee, group ceo of Marco Polo Marine Limited. Lee spearheaded the Singapore public listing of Marco Polo Marine which is today very active in vessel owning and chartering, shipyard operations and recently made its foray into owning drilling rigs.

The 7th Seatrade Asia Awards was certainly a night of celebrations and recognition of positive contributions and efforts of many individuals and corporates. The mood in the ballroom was buoyant and upbeat, and suitably lifted when editor of Seatrade Global and Seatrade Asia Week Marcus Hand shared his keen analysis and observations, noting the overall picture of the shipping industry was getting more positive.

As in previous years, the Awards were adjudicated by an independent panel of judges who are all experienced senior executives in Asian shipping. Launched in 2008, the Seatrade Asia Awards is organised by Seatrade, the pioneer of shipping award schemes since 1988. The Awards serve to recognise and reward achievements and meritorious activities in the Asian shipping industry.

Below are the winners of the Seatrade Asia Awards 2014:

The Education & Training Award
Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic

The Environment Protection Award

The Technical Innovation Award
Nippon Paint Marine Coatings Co., Ltd.

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Magsaysay Maritime Corporation

The Safety Award
Berge Bulk Maritime Pte. Ltd.

The Ship Manager Award
Wallem Group

The Ship Owner/Operator Award
Swire Shipping

The Emerging Terminal Operator Award
Pusan Newport International Terminal

The Ship Finance Award
Standard Chartered Bank

The Maritime Law Award
Ince & Co

The Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Award
Keppel Shipyard Limited

Deal of the Year
ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Special Commendation presented by Seatrade
Leadership in Offshore Technology and Training
China Classification Society

The following recipients were chosen by the Seatrade Editorial Board:
Seatrade Young Person of the Year
Sean Lee, Group CEO, Marco Polo Marine Limited

Seatrade Personality of the Year
Xu Lirong, Chairman, China Shipping (Group) Company

The Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award
Patrick Phoon, President, Singapore Shipping Association and Deputy MD, Evergreen Shipping Agency (Singapore) Pte Ltd

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