SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
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SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
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2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards

SAFETY4SEA announced the winners of the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards at a prestigious awards ceremony which took place on Tuesday 3rd at the Yacht Club of Greece, one night before the SAFETY4SEA Conference. The SAFETY4SEA Awards are awarded to organizations that demonstrated outstanding performance within the scope of fostering Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping following an open nomination process.

 

2017 SAFETY4SEA Awards

SAFETY4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award

Winner
Thome Group
For representing a unique combination of the best elements of Scandinavian shipping traditions & Asian business enterprise, with a focus on high standards.

Mrs. Athena Kanellatou, Managing Director, MacGregor Greece:

The Thome Group is recognized as a powerful combination of Scandinavian roots and Asian wings, with flair to excel in a culture of unity and team spirit, to enhance knowledge, skills, abilities, motivation, alertness, physical and mental performance. The Thome Group has grown rapidly from its humble origins as a ship agency and ship manager to the world class, multi-faceted global business that is today, with strong commitment to delivering highest standards of health and safety, in a workplace where employees can develop to their full potential.

Mr. Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen, Director, Business Development, Thome Group of Companies:

This award will mean a lot to all our people who work diligently to make sure that safety is our number one priority – an overriding principle in their work – at sea or on shore. The award also will inspire us to continue to improve our safety standards. Thome Ship Management is currently managing a fleet of about 60 dry cargo and container ships, from handy size and feeders to VLOCs in addition to 130 tankers. For us, there is a direct correlation between ‘Health, Safety, Security & Environment’ performance and strong business performance.

SAFETY4SEA Tanker Operator Award

Winner
Wallem Ship Management
For its ‘Wallem Engagement Programme’ which is designed to proactively enhance engagement among both seafarers and staff shore and to empower them with ownership over their own safety.

Mr. Elias Psyllos, Vice President, Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage:

Wallem Ship Management was one of our first and most distinguished clients as well as only Hong Kong based company who are a Green Award member and remains so with a reputation of the highest standards in corporate governance and integrity. The Company’s strong management controls, solid risk management, transparency in customer interactions, and full compliance with applicable regulations make Wallem to stand among the few companies with zero incidents in US waters that would activate T&T Salvage’s emergency response for a minor or major incident.

Mr. David Price, Managing Director, Wallem Ship Management:

It gives me great pleasure to accept this Award on behalf of Wallem and the 8,000 seafarers sailing on Wallem managed vessels. Safety is not something we simply talk about, but rather a culture that we want all our employees to engage in. Our safety culture is embodied in our “Wallem Engagement Programme” – designed to empower our ship crews with ownership of their own safety. We will continue to develop this Engagement Programme, with many initiatives that include more shipboard visits by senior management and a focus on seafarer wellness and health.

SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award

Winner
WISTA
For creating a dynamic global network supporting women at management level in the maritime industry with the aim to highlight the important role that women play in the industry and encourage their participation and engagement.

Mrs. Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director, SCB (Hellas) Inc., American Club:

WISTA is an organization for women that has developed into one of the strongest, most successful global network professional platforms that exist today in the maritime industry. WISTA, whose overriding mission and vision is to facilitate exchange of contacts, experiences, and education among its members, as well as providing an avenue of connection to every other major maritime organization and institution across the globe, serves sustainability through its very existence. Both the AMERICAN club and I myself are staunch supporters of WISTA. On a personal level, as a long standing member and former board member of the Hellas chapter, WISTA holds a special place in my heart and I honestly cannot think of a more worthy winner of this award.

Ms. Katerina Stathopoulou, Member of the WISTA International Executive Committee, WISTA:

In 1974, 6 shipping women with a vision, from 3 European countries, founded WISTA. Today WISTA International has 40 member countries around the globe with almost 3,000 women members, all sharing the same passion; shipping! Our members are role models for the younger generation, and a source of support among each other, fostering career success. In the maritime industry, male and female talent and skills are complementary, and therefore, Shipping Women are indispensable to the Maritime world, playing an essential role to the industry’s sustainability.

SAFETY4SEA Training Award

Winner
RINA Academy Philippines
For offering quality training introducing a Competence Management System to continuously assess and train seafarers, shore-based personnel and staff through a Career Development Plan.

Capt. Dimitris Kalantidis, Marine Safety Manager, CMM:

RINA focuses on continually improving the level of competency and skill to always attain the highest performance that certifies the best output in management, maintenance and maritime education. RINA excels at providing high quality standard and excellent maritime service complying with the national and international standards and regulations.

Capt. Nicolo Terrei, General Manager, RINA Academy Philippines Inc.:

RINA Academy Philippines was established not just to follow STCW fundamentals but to fulfill competency gaps and enhance the seafarer’s skills by providing an innovative assessment and training through advance technology in line with the modern shipping industry. It’s been 10 years now that our company started to be an organization bridging the dynamic shipping industry, marine universities and learning institutions around the world. Starting with only 300 trainees, to 6000 of seafarers being trained for the In-house courses and other accredited specific simulator training.

SAFETY4SEA Technology Award

Winner
Marlink
For its ‘XChange Telemed’ which is a new telemedicine service designed to improve the health and safety of crew/passengers, while meeting new MLC and STCW regulations for health and medical treatment onboard.

Mr. Nikos Nesteroulis, Vice President, INSB Class:

The shipping industry has dramatically changed in the last 30 years and apart from the progress made vis a vis the technical standards, the working and living conditions of the crew have also changed. MARLINK, a company pioneer in business critical communication solutions, gives the opportunity to the shipping industry to adopt IT and Satellite cutting-edge technologies, in line with the new ILO/MLC and IMO/STCW labour regulations.

Mr. Panagiotis Falidouris, General Manager CG, Marlink Hellas, Marlink:

Marlink is proud and happy to receive the technology and innovation award this year. The last couple years, Marlink has developed several tools & applications that improve significant the quality and safety of life at Sea. Marlink Telemedicine innovation is not only a way to make the medical security of seafarers more safe but it also represents the most efficient way to protect life at sea.

SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award

Winner
Alert! By The Nautical Institute
For including a valuable resource of professional maritime articles and bulletins with a focus on fatigue, ergonomics & training, health to improve awareness of the human element in the maritime industry.

Mr. Marc Jackson, Syndicate Manager, UK P&I Club:

The UK P&I Club takes loss prevention extremely seriously and the human element accounts for a large majority of maritime claims. Every effort to educate the industry on the safe operation of ships and crew training and welfare is to be applauded and Alert is a fine example of this. A great deal of hard work has been put into Alert! over the years and we are pleased to note that more will continue in the future. Those responsible should be congratulated for the benefit it brings to the shipping industry.

Capt. Nikos Aslanis, Chairman of The Nautical Institute Hellenic Branch, Alert!:

Since the project began in 2003, 40 issues of the award-winning Alert! international human element bulletin have been produced, with 2.5 million copies distributed worldwide. This material comprises a valuable and searchable resource for naval architects, mariners, engineers, port operators, regulators and insurers. We encourage all users to explore this unrivalled body of knowledge and to apply human element principles to ship design and operation. The project has also recently launched a hard cover compendium of all 40 issues and, through the assistance of Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Maria Tsakos Foundation and The Nautical Institute, is being provided free to maritime libraries.

SAFETY4SEA Personality Award, sponsored by Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.

Winner
Capt. Warwick Norman
For his overall contribution to the shipping industry while holding the role of CEO at RightShip since its inception in 2001, ensuring organization’s success towards maritime safety and environmental sustainability.

This was a special category award after consideration and review of a list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees by the SAFETY4SEA Team.

Capt. Dimitrios Mattheou, Managing Director, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.:

The winner of this award, Captain Warwick Norman, has shown a strong commitment to maritime safety, serving as the CEO of RightShip for more than a decade and half, the industry’s leading online vetting organization. This award recognizes that Capt. Norman has worked exceptionally hard to secure RightShip’s place on the international stage and that his dedication, commitment and efforts have benefited the whole industry though the improvement of industry-wide maritime safety standards.

Capt. Warwick Norman, CEO, RightShip:

Motivation for the creation of RightShip was largely a desire to improve safety standards, in particular around the cape fleet where both BHP & Rio shared a common risk. Since inception we have vetted 356,000 vessels, equating to 30.5 billion DWT; inspected almost 27,000 vessels, and 13,500 substandard ships have been removed from customer supply chains rather than being relocated, placing market pressure on vessel owners and operators to raise standards. For me, my time is nearly up at RightShip, but it takes me back to my seagoing days as my relief is still to be announced. I’m not quite sure when my swing will finish, but for a simple sailor from Australia, it has been a fantastic journey.

SAFETY4SEA Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by ABS

Winner
Capt. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos
For his outstanding career in the shipping industry and his overall contribution to the work of IMO in which he held many positions, acting also as Secretary-General for two consecutive terms (2004-2011).

This was a special category award after consideration and review of a list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees by the SAFETY4SEA Team.

Mr. Elias Kariambas, Director Global Ship Systems Centre, ABS:

In addition to effecting improvements in maritime safety and training, Capt. Mitropoulos has also been an advocate and champion of seafarers and their families, ensuring they remain firmly in our industry’s consciousness not only in Greece but throughout the world. His work is recognized by all of us in the global shipping community and we truly appreciate the dedication, leadership and clarity of vision you have provided to promote and adopt an effective global maritime safety and security culture.

Capt. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus, Chairman, “Maria Tsakos” Foundation:

I cannot receive this life time achievement award without giving tribute to the IMO which has safety on the top of its agenda. Before the glory comes the responsibility. There are many challenges in the shipping industry which can show us the direction for opportunities. There is need for taking the right decisions at the right time. Always be alerted and lead by example.

About SAFETY4SEA Awards
SAFETY4SEA Awards are part of the SAFETY4SEA Conference within the scope of fostering Excellence & Sustainable Shipping. The process to be employed is a combination of open nomination and vote. The award categories are:

SAFETY4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of bulk carriers, or general dry cargo vessels that demonstrated safety excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity

SAFETY4SEA Tanker Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of oil or chemical tankers, or gas carriers that demonstrated safety excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity

SAFETY4SEA Sustainability Award
To be awarded to any organization that contributed towards sustainable shipping

SAFETY4SEA Training Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of maritime training

SAFETY4SEA Technology Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant technological achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of maritime safety activity

SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award
To be awarded to any organization or association that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed in any initiative fostering safer and sustainable shipping

SAFETY4SEA Personality Award
To be awarded to any individual person that provided industry leadership and contributed towards safer shipping

SAFETY4SEA Lifetime Achievement Award
To be awarded to any individual person that has provided industry leadership and contributed towards safer shipping throughout his/her career

Notification procedure is initiated few months ahead of the event with an open invitation to the industry stakeholders to propose nominations online via relevant form at dedicated awards page. Shortlisted nominees are announced within a week after nomination submission is concluded and open vote to declare the winner of each category is available for a period of three months through relevant application at dedicated awards page. Winners are announced during the welcome reception & award ceremony, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference, in Athens.

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