Only one week remains for entries to be submitted for this year’s Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards and the pace of the submissions has increased as it always does at this time of year.
Nominations close on Wednesday October 18 for the 2017 awards, which once again are supported by a host of industry organisations and sponsors headed by lead event sponsor ClassNK.
For long-term shipping players, turbulent, even depressed, spells in the industry always mean there will be winners and losers. At such times the task of deciding criteria for adjudicating the year’s most award-worthy performers if anything becomes tougher.
That is part of the job of the independent judges who will decide the winners of this year’s Greek Shipping Awards, and this year’s panel of luminaries looks more than capable of applying high standards and taking tough decisions.
Some are experienced hands from previous awards years, such as Chairman of the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee Haralambos Fafalios, Chairman of Helmepa George Gratsos, Secretary General Emeritus of the IMO Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping George Pateras, Maritime Historian Gelina Harlaftis and Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation general secretary Capt. John Halas.
Making their first appearance on the judging panel are Vasilis Bacolitsas Chairman of Intertanko’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel, Irene Daifas President of the Piraeus Marine Club and Stavros Hatzigrigoris Chairman of the Marine Technical Managers Association.
More than 65 prominent personalities from Greek shipping have taken part in the awards judging panel, which is refreshed each year. Over 170 trophies have already been presented at the event, now in its fourteenth year, which has established a reputation as the largest international maritime awards ceremony worldwide. This year’s awards dinner will be held at the Athenaeum InterContinental hotel in Athens on Friday November 24.
The awards always attract a high number of very competitive nominations underlying the strength in depth of the Greek shipping community, while audiences at the presentation dinner have averaged 1,000 leading shipping personalities and their guests.
The opportunity to nominate is flung open to anyone connected with shipping, from the most prestigious owner to the humblest clerk, and in exercising their objectivity down the years the judges have played a key role in establishing the awards’ reputation for fairness and credibility.
Remember to provide reasons why your candidate would make a deserving winner.
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