Founded in 1899, ClassNK is a leading classification society that has been serving the Greek maritime community for many years.
The Society strengthened its services dramatically with the opening of its Piraeus office in 1975 and its operations in Greece have steadily expanded to serve all major ports throughout the Aegean archipelago.
ClassNK Piraeus now oversees a total of around 1,000 vessels. This achievement is a testament to ClassNK’s outstanding service and the trust it shares with Greek shipping clients.
ClassNK is committed to developing best practices for the industry to help support, optimize and streamline the operations of its clients.
Through its well-positioned service network of around 130 exclusive survey offices across the globe, ClassNK’s expert surveyors are on hand 24/7 to provide the best quality technical services.
ClassNK also works to develop cutting-edge technological solutions aimed at securing a safer and greener future by collaborating with key industry players.Visit website
China Classification Society
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Founded in 1956, China Classification Society (CCS) is the only specialized organization of China to provide classification services.
CCS aims to provide services for the shipping, shipbuilding, offshore exploitation and related manufacturing industries and marine insurance by furnishing reasonable and reliable classification requirements and providing independent, impartial and integral classification and statutory services to ships and offshore installations, for the promotion and safeguarding of the safety of life and property at sea and for the prevention of pollution to the marine environment.Visit website
The Tsakos Group
Sponsoring: Shipbroker of the Year
The Tsakos family originates from Chios, with involvement in shipping since the 19th century.
The Tsakos Group, headquartered in Athens, Greece was founded in 1970 by Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos, with companies today spanning from the Americas to the Far East. In 1993, Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) was founded by Nikolas P. Tsakos with a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange and a subsequent listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2002.
Today, the Tsakos Group is one of the world’s largest shipping companies, operating approx. 100 vessels of 10m dwt.
The Group is sensitive to social responsibility, channelled through the Maria Tsakos Foundation in Uruguay and Greece and the Maria Tsakos Foundation, International Centre for Maritime Research and Tradition in Chios, named after the late Maria P. Tsakos. In September 2018, the “Tsakos Enhanced Education Nautical School” (T.E.E.N.S.) was opened in Chios, with the vision of becoming a centre of educational excellence and seamanship.Visit website
Sponsoring: Greek Shipping Newsmaker of the Year
ExxonMobil has been at the forefront of marine industry innovation for more than 100 years as a result of our heritage and technical leadership.
The International Maritime Organization’s decision to impose a global 0.50% sulphur emission cap is likely to result in a variety of routes to compliance including LNG, marine gasoil, 0.50% sulphur fuels and high sulphur fuel oil used with a scrubber. ExxonMobil is well placed to help vessel operators evaluate the different options for compliance as part of a multi-fuel future.
ExxonMobil can deliver the fuels, lubricants and services to fully meet your needs, irrespective of your chosen route to compliance. We offer a full selection of application-specific lubricants and supporting services, designed to reduce your total cost of operation, as well as a range of high quality marine fuels. All our fuels are tested to the latest ISO 8217 standards before they leave the refinery or terminal.
Quality, reliability, integrity and innovation with the support of technical services are the values that continue to define ExxonMobil’s global customer commitment.Visit website
SRH Marine Group
Sponsoring: Piraeus International Centre Award
SRH Marine Group is a well-established company in the maritime market offering full services on sales, technical support and training for Navigation, Radio communication, Automation, Spares, Retrofit, Repairs, Safety and other marine equipment.
SRH is supported by a global network of well-known manufacturers and service suppliers, authorized by all major classifications. By maintaining quality, integrated solutions, reliable products, variety of services, experienced and trained personnel, time-efficiency and competitive prices, SRH holds today a long and growing list of satisfied customers worldwide.
SRH’s core values are based on the commitment to employees through their personal empowerment, the optimum and flawless customer service, developing and maintaining value-added partnerships.
Strategic alliances with some of the most important companies in the maritime market and steadily growing branches all over the world along with a portfolio of innovative own products will keep SRH committed to staying ahead of the game and providing a proactive service to its customers.
Sponsoring: Ship of the Year Award
RightShip is the world’s leading provider of ship vetting services to the petroleum and dry bulk shipping sectors, with around 315 customers across 40 different counties. RightShip customers include ship owners and managers, charterers, financial institutions and terminals.
RightShip’s online vetting platform, RightShip Qi, leads the maritime industry in utilising predictive analytics to more accurately identify high risk vessels. RightShip Qi provides detailed insights into factors that affect an individual vessel’s risk assessment, enabling owners to identify and proactively manage their own risk.
RightShip’s GHG Emissions Rating compares a vessel’s theoretical CO2 output to other ships of a similar size and type using an A-G rating scale. Enjoying significant uptake amongst charterers, shipowners, financial institutions and ports, the GHG Rating is now used as a vessel selection tool by 104 customers, accounting for every one in five ships chartered or over 2.4 billion DWT of cargo per annum.
With offices in London, Melbourne and Houston, RightShip provides customers with 24/7 access and assistance to help maintain the safety and environmental sustainability of their fleet.Visit website
Shipping Deputy Ministry to the President, Republic of Cyprus
Sponsoring: Lloyd’s List / Propeller Club Lifetime Achievement Award
The Register of Cyprus Ships is one of the largest shipping registries in the world and ranks 3rd within the European Union. Cyprus is a world class international maritime center, combining both a sovereign flag and a large resident shipping industry renowned for its high quality services and standards of safety.
The Shipping Deputy Ministry is dedicated to 24/7 service of excellence and is responsible for:
- Cyprus’ Integrated Maritime Policy
- Ship Registration
- Competitiveness and development of the Cyprus maritime cluster
- Merchant Shipping Legislation development and administration
- Tonnage Tax System administration
- Flag State Control
- Port State Control
- Representation of the Republic of Cyprus at various international maritime bodies (IMO, EU, ILO, Paris MοU etc)
- Enforcement of international conventions
- Registration, training and certification of seafarers
The Shipping Deputy Ministry also offers its services through its offices in Piraeus, London, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Brussels and New York.
Our motto: Service of excellence 24/7.Visit website
Sponsoring: Technical Achievement Award
DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company.
Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.
We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries.
We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.
Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence.
We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.
With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.Visit website
Capital Ship Management Corp.
Sponsoring: International Personality of the Year Award
Capital Ship Management Corp. (‘Capital’) is a distinguished oceangoing vessel operator, offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 63 vessels including 44 tankers (6 VLCCs, 5 Suezmaxes, 2 Aframax, 27 MR/Handy product tankers and 1 small tanker), 4 modern Capesize bulk carriers and 15 container carriers with a total dwt of 7.35 million tons approx. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P.
Capital’s Safety Management System complies with IMO’s ISM code, the Quality Standard ISO 9001, Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001, Occupational Health & Safety Management System (“OHSAS”) 18001 and Energy Management System ISO 50001 (all certified LRS). Capital was the first LRS-certified company worldwide in 2014 for its “IMO Strategic Concept of a Sustainable Shipping Industry”. Capital completed in 2017 the first LRQA accredited assessment worldwide of its MRV monitoring plan (EU) 2015/757.Visit website
Sponsoring: Lloyd’s List Intelligence Big Data Award
ABS is a leading international classification society, guided by its mission to promote security of life, property and the natural environment.
ABS has a long and proud association with the Greek ship owning community and continues to support its current fleet and future fleet development. As the Greek fleet has expanded and diversified, ABS has continued to expand and develop its services to Greek ship owners. ABS is a technical partner providing traditional classification services as well as on-the-ground technical services in asset performance, energy efficiency, environmental performance and lifecycle management. Delivering practical and innovative solutions, ABS supports the Greek shipping industry in meeting today’s demands as well as future challenges.
Whether it’s tackling cyber-related threats, unlocking the value of operational data, or developing a fleet compliance strategy to meet the latest environmental requirements, ABS understands the challenges that industry faces and is focused on delivering practical and innovative solutions.
ABS is proud of its history and deep roots with the Greek shipping industry.
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Sponsoring: Dry Cargo Company of the Year
Marichem Marigases is one of the leading companies in the international marine chemicals and gases industry.
The group offers a variety of products at more than 2,100 ports, supplied by a distribution network of 196 stock points, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Since its start-up of operations, Marichem Marigases has steadily and faithfully observed a people-centered philosophy, with consistency, work ethic and respect towards the vessel, her crew, her operator and the environment.
The efficient operation of its network is backed up by decades of experience from dedicated marine experts, operating according to ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001.
The Worldwide Services of the company have been continuously promoting environmental consciousness within the chemical industry, throughout all stages of production, starting from the raw materials, the manufacturing process of the products and their handling, through to the final disposal on board the vessel.Visit website
Sponsoring: Greek Shipping Personality of the Year
Eurobank Group is a dynamic banking group active in six countries. Established in 1990, the Group expanded through organic growth to become a leading force in the Greek banking sector. Group’s philosophy focuses on delivering high quality services to its customers.
In Greece, Eurobank operates with two distinct retail branch networks, the Eurobank Network and the New TT Branch Network, as well as specialized business centers, and award-winning electronic service channels.
Eurobank has a strong presence in the Greek corporate scene including a dedicated Shipping Unit in Piraeus, twice awarded “Shipping Financier” of the year, providing full range of shipping related services. The offering is complemented by an operating platform in Group’s subsidiary in Cyprus and distinguished Wealth Management services through Luxembourg.
The Group also holds a strategic position in retail and business banking in Bulgaria and Serbia, and offers distinguished Wealth Management services in Cyprus, Luxembourg and London.Visit website
Sponsoring: Tanker Company of the Year
Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services. It is the largest TIC serving the marine and offshore industries, providing classification, certification and technical services – including fuel testing.
Bureau Veritas works hand-in-hand with clients to help them optimize the safety and performance of their assets. Active across all ship types, BV also provides leading expertise in a wide variety of specialized vessels including LNG carriers, ultra large container vessels, FSRU/FSUs and expedition class cruise ships.
A key focus area for BV is supporting safety and new technology across the gas supply chain. BV is the classification market leader in new orders for LNG fueled ships and for LNG bunker vessels.
Created in 1828, the Group has more than 74,000 employees in about 1,400 offices and laboratories around the world and a coherent network of 2.300 highly qualified marine surveyors and experts operating on 180 survey center stations covering 90 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.Visit website
Sponsoring: Shipping Financier of the Year Award
Tototheo Maritime specialises in innovative, efficient and functional solutions in the fields of digitalization, satellite and radio communication, automation and navigation systems. Headquarters are located in Cyprus and we have our own office in Greece and partner offices in Dubai and Singapore. Our vast experience in the maritime sector provides us with the unique advantage of in depth understanding of our customers’ needs combined with our dynamic approach towards innovative technologies, thus allowing our clients to generate more value out of their daily operations.
Tototheo Maritime operates in a connected dynamic and sustainable maritime sector, supported by reliable and efficient connectivity and innovative technologies – all underpinned by the Tototheo values. We conduct our business with honesty and transparency, offering equal terms of treatment without prejudice. Our team’s foremost goal is to listen and confidently trek into the future while keeping a firm link to the present.Visit website
Sponsoring: The Sustainability Award
About Lloyd’s Register (LR)
We started out in 1760 as a marine classification society. Today, we’re one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology in over 75 countries. The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do.
We provide classification, compliance and consultancy services to the marine and offshore industry, helping our clients design, construct and operate their assets to the highest levels of safety and performance, using our expertise and over 250 years’ experience to deliver the smart solution for everyone.Visit website
Safe Bulkers, Inc.
Sponsoring: Seafarer of the Year
Safe Bulkers, Inc. is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargoes, particularly coal, grain and iron ore, along worldwide shipping routes for some of the world’s largest consumers of such services.
Safe Bulkers, Inc. is a successor to a business that first invested in shipping in 1958 and with uninterrupted presence since then, throughout several shipping cycles. This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary as a public company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trading under the symbol “SB” and the 60th year of Mr. Hajioannou’s family’s uninterrupted presence in the dry bulk sector.
Historically, we have invested mainly in newbuild vessels, with advanced technological specifications, aiming to renew and expand our fleet. We have a young and modern fleet of 41 drybulk vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of 3.8 million dwt, comprised of Panamax, Kamsarmax, Post-Panamax and Capesize class vessels, which we employ on both period time charters and spot time charters, according to our assessment of market conditions.Visit website
Sponsoring: Passenger Line of the Year
Founded in 1999, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (SWS) is a subsidiary of China CSSC Holding Ltd., a publicly-listed company controlled by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd. (CSSC).
SWS is among the largest, most modern and professional shipbuilders in the world.
SWS’s main business covers design, construction of marine vessels and offshore products.
SWS builds bulk carriers, oil tankers, container vessels and gas carriers. The company has delivered 15% of the world fleet of capesize bulk carriers and 9% of all VLCCs.
SWS is also one of the builders of ultra large container vessels above 20,000 TEU.
The SWS production line also includes FPSO, deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs, jack-ups, drillships, and PSV. The first large cruise ships to come from China are also currently being designed and constructed by SWS.
In recent years, SWS has ranked amongst the Top 5 of the global shipbuilding industry with regard to completion of new ships, new orders and order book.Visit website
Panama Ship Registry
Sponsoring: Award for Achievement in Education or Training
The Republic of Panama, as a worldwide flag state leader, since 1993, maintains more than 8,000 registered vessels and around 200 million GRT. Our International Ship Registry has managed to stay for more than ten years in the White List of the Tokyo MoU, as well as, over five years in the prestigious White List of the Paris MoU, pursuing compliance with international standards of safety in navigation.
Education and training ensure that the voyage of a vessel is uneventful, and therefore, are key to the success of the shipping business. A key competitive advantage of the Panama Registry is non- restriction of the nationality of the owners and seafarers. Our flag supervises the high quality of training schools, universities and centers around the globe, to ensure high standards of competence. These are audited, reviewed, visited and approved by our Directorate General of Seafarers, who also issues and oversees all the seafarers’ certifications and ensures high standards of competence.Visit website
IRI / The Marshall Islands Registry
Sponsoring: Next Generation Shipping Award
International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries. The RMI Registry is the second largest registry in the world, surpassing 162 million gross tons with 4,452 vessels at the end of October 2018. IRI has a network of 28 worldwide offices that have the ability to register a vessel or yacht, including those under construction, record a mortgage or financing charter, incorporate a company, issue seafarer documentation, and service clientele.
The most important asset to the RMI Registry is its customers and IRI strives to provide them with full service from any office, 24 hours a day.Visit website
The Safety Award