We reveal the rundown of shipping companies and individuals who walked away with gongs from this year’s Lloyd’s List Europe Awards.
RUSSIAN energy shipping giant Sovcomflot was awarded the prestigious title of Company of the Year at the Lloyd’s List Europe Awards on Tuesday.
“Reputation matters in shipping. It always has done of course, but it feels truer today than ever and our winner this year has a solid reputation for operational excellence and a safety and financial record to back that up,” explained Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade as he handed over the trophy to Sovcomflot senior executive vice president Evgeniy Ambrosov at the glittering awards dinner held in London.
The winning line-up of entries this year yet again celebrated excellence and outstanding performance in shipping, and the winners stood out for their unwavering drive to innovate and embrace sustainable business practices while the larger industry embarks on a pursuit of digitalisation and a low carbon future.
Grimaldi group’s stand-out drive to not only lower emissions at a company level, but also lead the debate across the industry saw managing director Emanuele Grimaldi walk away with the new Excellence in Decarbonisation towards 2050 category.
Meanwhile, Maersk impressed the independent panel of judges sufficiently to win the Container category and Berge Bulk and Fleet Management were awarded the Dry Bulk and Tanker awards.
The Global Seafarer of the Year honour this year went to Royal Fleet Auxiliary Chief Officer Susan Cloggie-Holden who has championed gender diversity in shipping and worked tirelessly to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector.
Given the World Maritime Day theme for this year has been "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" the judges, felt it was important that the awards reflected and supported that drive.
Addressing the 450 strong audience at the ceremony, CMA CGM veteran Farid Salem delivered a heartfelt message of thanks and gratitude to his colleagues and the wider shipping industry he loves.
Mr Salem was the co-architect of the French container giant CMA CGM which he started with the late Jacques Saadé over 40 years ago as a one ship company that has today grown to a fleet of over 500 ships generating an annual revenue of over $30bn.
The winners of this year’s Lloyd’s List Europe Awards
Company of the Year — Sovcomflot
Deal of the Year — MOL Chemical Tankers
Excellence in Container Shipping — Maersk
Excellence in Data and Technology Innovation — Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s Register Foundation
Excellence in Decarbonisation towards 2050 — Grimaldi Group
Excellence in Dry Bulk Shipping — Berge Bulk
Excellence in Environmental Management — Orient Overseas Container Line
Excellence in Marine Insurance — Skytek
Excellence in Maritime Law — HFW
Excellence in Maritime Services/Ship Management — Synergy Group
Excellence in Port Management and Infrastructure — Rotterdam World Gateway
Excellence in Safety & Training — UK P&I Club
Excellence in Tanker Shipping — Fleet Management
Excellence in Supply Chain Management and Innovation — BunkerTrace
Seafarer of the Year — Royal Fleet Auxiliary Chief Officer Susan Cloggie-Holden
Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award — Farid Salem