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Singapore companies to the fore at inaugural Seatrade Asia Awards

Singapore: More than 600 people crowded into the Island Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore yesterday evening to see 19 gongs handed out at the inaugural Seatrade Asia Awards. In total, Singapore-based entities notched up an impressive 10 wins.

The gala evening, with guest of honour Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport and hosted by Mishal Hussain of BBC World News, was capped off with Personality of the Year going to Kang Duk-Soo, chairman of fast-emerging Korean conglomerate STX, and Tan Sri Frank Tsao, founder of IMC Group, taking home the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Christopher Hayman, chairman of Seatrade, said "Tan Sri Frank Tsao has fitted more into his lifetime than most other shipping moguls. His dedication to shipping is unsurpassed. We are honoured to have him here this evening." 

Other winners were:

Education and Training Award: Singapore Maritime Academy

Enivironment Protection Award: NewEarth Pte Ltd and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Technical Innovation Award: Singapore Telecom (SingTel) - Satellite Business

Corporate Social Responsibility Award:
BW Group

Shipyard Award:
Keppel Shipyard

Port Authority Award: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Ship Manager Award: Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

Liner Owner/Operator Award: Maersk Line

Container Terminal Award: PSA International Pte Ltd

Tanker Operator Award: BW Shipping

Bulk Operator Award: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)

Ship Finance Award: DnB NOR Singapore

Classification Society Award: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)

Ship Agent Award: GAC Shipping

Maritime Law Award: Ince & Co

Transport/Logistics/Freight Award: Maersk Logistics

Deal of the Year: Vanship Holdings

Award winners were decided by a panel of independent judges which comprised: Peter Cremers (chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association); Sabyasachi Hajara (chairman & md, Shipping Corporation of India); Yudhishthir Khatau (md Varun Shipping); Kenichi Kuroya (executive chairman, "K" Line); Mukesh Oza (president & ceo, Samsara Group); Datin Paduka O.C. Phang (gm, Port Klang Authority and president, International Association of Ports & Harbors); SS Teo (president, Singapore Shipping Association and chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation)  [14/5/08]




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