NEW YORK, May 26, 2017– Last night at a gala awards event, the winners of the 2017 Lloyd's List Americas Awards were unveiled. The awards honor the best in shipping over the past year.The newly expanded awards now cover North, South and Central Americas. The program received entries from across the region including the US and Canada, Bahamas, Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and beyond.Lloyd's List executive editor Helen Kelly hosted the event and was joined by award-winning broadcast journalist Jim Clancy who served as MC.Ms.Kelly referenced the warmth and openness of the Americas maritime industry, which she witnessed this March in Connecticut at CMA 2017.
I remember walking through the crowd milling around the main hall and spotting five or six executives, some of whom attended the event last evening, people whom I have been reporting on for years but had never met. Being able to walk right up to them and talk to them about their business was invaluable, she said.Ms. Kelly also talked about the financial wizardry that gives New York its edge as a global shipping center; and how the money moguls are helping to keep listed shipping companies competitive in a very tough economic climate.One thing that is really very apparent is just what a global industry shipping is, Ms. Kelly said.
One accolade stood out, and this was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was granted to Mr Jeffrey Lantz. A deserving winner, amongst his achievements Mr Lantz is well known for his diplomatic and negotiating tact, and has played a key role in setting IMO policy on several matters including climate change, ballast water management and ship recycling. He accepted the award gladly, offering a speech in which he shared his appreciation for this distinction.
Lloyd’s List thanks everyone who took part in these awards and looks forward to next year’s event.These awards are about bringing our business community together. It’s about celebrating our combined achievements, but it’s also about recognizing the transformation that is happening across our businesses. The Lloyd’s List team The 2017 Lloyd's List Americas Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jeffrey Lantz, director, commercial regulations and standards for the US Coast Guard, in recognition of his lasting contribution and service to the international and US maritime sector. Learn more about Mr. Lantz here.
Hutchison Ports Cleaner Safer Seas Solutions.
Carnival Corporation plc — LNG operations and shipbuilding programme
The iLaw Law Firm of the Year
Reed Smith Shipping Group
Maritime Services Award
Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR)
Port Operator of the Year
Hutchison Ports - Panama Ports Company
Ship Operator of the Year
Instituto de Capacitación del Centro de Navegación
DNV GL Seafarer Advocate of the Year in association with NAMMA
Seamen's Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey — Mesfin Ghebrewoldi
The Lloyd’s List Intelligence Digital Innovation Award Sponsored by American Club
Deal of the Year sponsored by GMS
Seward & Kissel — Ridgebury Fleet Finance LLC credit facilitation
Newsmaker of the Year Award
Panama Canal Authority (ACP) for the Panama Canal Expansion
To see the winning entries for the above, visit the IAPH website at:www.lloydslist.com/americas_awards
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