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Excitement guaranteed as Greek Awards gear up for 14th year

The Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards attracted a record 1,200 guests last year.

The Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards attracted a record 1,200 guests last year.

The Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards attracted a record 1,200 guests last year.

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Three first-time judges feature in a strong panel that will once again support the integrity and credibility of the Lloyd’s List awards THE Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards in 2017 heads towards its 14th straight year of paying tribute to top achievers in the Greek shipping community and does so with a strong wind at its back. This year, the popular awards event — held annually in Athens’ largest ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel — is scheduled to take place slightly earlier than usual, on Friday, November 24.

Last year, the dinner drew a record attendance of nearly 1,200 guests. Some of the industry’s leading names, rubbing shoulders with exciting newcomers, were unveiled as winners of awards in 2016. A trio of prominent shipowners walked off with the top individual honours for Greeks.

Bulk carrier and reefer owner Panos Laskaridis[1], who has been elected as next president of the European Community Shipowners’ Association, was Greek Shipping Personality of the Year for 2016; Safe Bulkers’ chief executive Polys Hajioannou[2] was Newsmaker of the Year; former Union of Greek Shipowners’ president Nicos D. Efthymiou[3] won the annual Lloyd’s List/Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award. The sole award reserved for non-Greeks went last year to International Chamber of Shipping secretary general Peter Hinchliffe[4], who was crowned International Personality of the Year.

In its second year, the Next Generation Shipping Award was presented to the judging panel’s unanimous selection, Stavroula Betsakou[5], head of tanker research at Howe Robinson Partners. Regularly one of the warmest-received of all the awards presented at the annual gala dinner, the Greek Seafarer of the Year trophy was presented to Hellenic Seaways ferry master Captain Diamantis Papageorgiou[6], a veteran of more than 50 ferries navigated in and out of some of Greece’s most difficult island ports. Companies honoured during the glittering, upbeat, end-year event to celebrate the best of Greek shipping including long-established shipping companies Samos Steamship[7] and Thenamaris[8], chosen from strong fields of competitors in the dry cargo and tanker company categories. Minoan Lines[9], meanwhile, earned the Passenger Line of the Year epaulettes for the second time in the event’s history.

Other winning companies and organisations included Carriers Chartering, National Bank of Greece, two-year-old Hemexpo — Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers and Exporters — the Eugenides Foundation, Helmepa Junior and Moore Stephens. The Tsakos Group had reasons to celebrate after new LNG carrier Maria Energy[10] was named Ship of the Year and group vice-chairman Vassilis Papageorgiou won the Technical Achievement Award. The dinner officially began with speeches by Greece’s Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Panagiotis Kouroumblis, and Junichiro Iida, executive vice-president of ClassNK.

The Japanese classification society once again acted as the event’s overall lead sponsor, heading a strong roster of Greek and international sponsors including Malta Ship Registry, which hosted the welcome drinks reception, and China Classification Society, which proposed the formal toast to Greek shipping’s health. Exciting and prestigious event The industry’s largest awards ceremony has remained true to its purpose and stable in its approach since its launch in 2004, all the while believing that fresh elements from year to year are the key to a sustainably exciting as well as prestigious awards event.

Features last year included a music video presenting the vocal talents of several prominent shipowners chauffeured from Athens airport, and video messages to the audience from Greek-owned ships trading all over the globe. Given the strength in depth of Greek shipping and the cluster of maritime activity around it, combined with the fiercely guarded independence of the judging panel that is empowered to pick the winners, a strong element of surprise throughout the event as the winners are announced is virtually guaranteed. Over the years, the awards judging panel has performed a difficult task with integrity and aplomb.

In addition, it has served as a guarantor of the fairness and credibility of the Greek Shipping Awards. Most panelists lead prominent organisations representing Greek shipping or contributing to Greece as a shipping centre. While the 10-person panel usually includes a stable core of stalwarts representing some of the most important industry institutions, the composition is refreshed yearly to ensure more sides of the community are included and fresh blood is involved in selecting the award winners.

First-time panelists this year include three prominent personalities: Vasilis Bacolitsas, chairman of Intertanko’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel; Irene Daifas, president of the Piraeus Marine Club; and Stavros Hatzigrigoris, chairman of Martecma, the Marine Technical Managers Association. Returning judges include Efthimios Mitropoulos, secretary-general emeritus of the International Maritime Organization; Hellenic Chamber of Shipping president George D. Pateras; Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee chairman Haralambos Fafalios; and George Gratsos, chairman of Helmepa, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, who was Mr Pateras’ immediate predecessor at the chamber.

Aside from the representative of Lloyd’s List, the nearest to an ever-present judge is Captain John Halas, general secretary of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation for a record five terms and a member of the panel for 13 of the awards’ 14 years of existence. Adding her rich knowledge of Greek shipping to the mix for the third time will be Gelina Harlaftis, professor of maritime history at the Ionian University. Ms Harlaftis is author of a number of acclaimed books, including ‘A History of Greek-owned Shipping’ and ‘Leadership in World Shipping: Greek Family Firms in International Business’.

She is a former president of the International Association of Maritime Economic History. This formidable line-up appears to have all the credentials to live up to a fine tradition of impartiality and expertise in the judging of the Greek Shipping Awards. The panel decides the winners in 15 of the 17 categories of award, based on what is generally a large number of written nominations received from the shipping public.

2017 judging panel

in alphabetical order

Vasilis Bacolitsas

Chairman of Intertanko’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel

Irene Daifas

President of the Piraeus Marine Club

Haralambos Fafalios

Chairman of the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee

George Gratsos

Chairman of Helmepa

Capt John Halas

General secretary of the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation

Gelina Harlaftis

Professor of Maritime History, the Ionian University

Stavros Hatzigrigoris

Chairman of the Marine Technical Managers’ Association

Nigel Lowry

Athens correspondent of Lloyds List

Efthimios E.

Mitropoulos

Secretary-general emeritus of the International Maritime Organization

George D. Pateras

President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

Awards & Sponsors

Event sponsor: ClassNK Welcome reception: Malta Ship Registry Champagne toast: China Classification Society

Dry Cargo Company of the Year Sponsored by Marichem Marigases Tanker Company of the Year

Sponsored by Bureau Veritas Passenger Line of the Year Sponsored by Palumbo Shipyards

Shipbroker of the Year Sponsored by the Tsakos Group Shipping Financier of the Year

Sponsored by the Tototheo Group Technical Achievement Award Sponsored by DNV GL

Piraeus International Centre Award International Personality of the Year

Sponsored by Capital Ship Management Corp Award for Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register

Seafarer of the Year Sponsored by Tsavliris Salvage Group Ship of the Year

Sponsored by RightShip Next Generation Shipping Award Sponsored by IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award Award for Achievement in Education or Training

Lloyd’s List/Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Cyprus, Department of Merchant Shipping

Greek Shipping Newsmaker of the Year Greek Shipping Personality of the Year

Sponsored by Eurobank

References

  1. ^ Panos Laskaridis (www.lloydslist.com)
  2. ^ Polys Hajioannou (www.lloydslist.com)
  3. ^ Nicos D.

    Efthymiou (www.lloydslist.com)

  4. ^ Peter Hinchliffe (www.lloydslist.com)
  5. ^ Stavroula Betsakou (www.lloydslist.com)
  6. ^ Diamantis Papageorgiou (www.lloydslist.com)
  7. ^ Samos Steamship (www.lloydslist.com)
  8. ^ Thenamaris (www.lloydslist.com)
  9. ^ Minoan Lines (www.lloydslist.com)
  10. ^ new LNG carrier Maria Energy (www.lloydslist.com)



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