Organised by Seatrade, the 9th Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia unveiled and honoured outstanding winners across 15 award categories last night at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.
Highly recognised and acknowledged as one of the region’s most prestigious industry awards, the awards gala dinner was attended by over 400 leading industry professionals and guests presented by travel television host and media personality –Anita Kapoor. Amongst the 49 finalists in the competitive categories, 11 well-deserving winners chosen by an independent panel of senior industry figures for their remarkable achievements despite the stiff competition and challenges within the maritime industry.
As well as the 11 competitive award categories, four special awards were decided by the Seatrade Senior Editorial Board. These awards – namely the Contribution to the Development of Maritime Singapore, Seatrade Young Person of the Year, Seatrade Personality of the Year and Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award – were presented to individuals for their exemplary contributions to the shipping industry. Mr Lui Tuck Yew, former Minister for Transport, was presented the prestigious Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award, an award presented to very select few. Prior to his political career, Mr Lui, a maritime veteran, was the former Chief of Navy and Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. “I am truly delighted to be awarded the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award 2016. I have spent but a short time in the maritime sector. Hence, while this honour is given to an individual, it truly is less about an individual’s contribution than it is to recognise our collective efforts to position Singapore as a maritime centre of global standing and international repute,” said Mr Lui.
Mr Masamichi Morooka, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation, was awarded the Seatrade Personality of the Year and Mr Alan Hatton, Chief Executive Officer of FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd, the Seatrade Young Person of the Year respectively.
Mr David Chin, Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation was recognised and presented the Contribution to the Development of Maritime Singapore award for his unwavering commitment towards promoting Singapore as an International Maritime Centre. “May I thank Seatrade for this Award and I share this with all those who journeyed with me on this attempt to do a little bit more for Maritime Singapore. It has been my privilege and joy to have had many good colleagues and supportive friends over the years that made this journey satisfying, and yet full of fun. I thank them all again,” said Mr Chin, expressing his heartfelt appreciation.
The awards celebration also took the opportunity to recognise the good work contributed by Sailors’ Society and The Mission to Seafarers, in their efforts to support and assist seafarers and their families. Donations from Seatrade were presented to both charities.
“Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia continues to serve as an important platform to recognise and applaud the outstanding achievements and contributions by individuals and companies in the maritime industry. I would like to congratulate all winners and thank our sponsors, judges , supporting partners and charities for the trust and support and joining us in this very meaningful celebration,” said Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade.