The 2018 Lloyd’s List Americas awards recognised excellence in the hemisphere’s shipping industry at a gala event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, Texas, on 23 May.
More than 45 finalists and 15 winners were recognised at the awards, hosted by BBC New York Correspondent Nick Bryant, with judges noting this year’s entries made the decision-making process extremely difficult because of the number of highly qualified participants.
Judges said the calibre reflected the dynamic nature of the industry in the past year and a quest for excellence in shipping.
In its fifth year, the Lloyd’s List Americas Awards recognised outstanding contributions by shipping and logistics companies, ports, environmental initiatives, training and innovation across the Americas and for going above and beyond the normal run of business.
Five new categories were added this year to reflect changing challenges for the shipping industry.
The Best Fuel Solution and Best Technology for Cleaner Emissions accolades and the Cyber Security Innovation Award were among the new categories.
A Cruise Safety Innovation award recognised the vanguard role the cruise sector plays in general maritime safety and the importance of the industry in the Americas.
Dr. James Chao, founder and president of Foremost Group, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award. Dr. Chao, a master mariner, built the dry bulk shipowning and finance company having emigrated to the US following regime change in China.
Dr Chao was unanimously selected by Lloyd’s List and panel of judges comprising industry executives for his contributions to shipping and support of education.
Foremost Group Chairman and CEO Angela Chao presented the accolade.
Taking part this year is some of maritime’s biggest shipowners, including Shell Shipping & Maritime, Maersk Line, CMA CGM, Carnival Corporation and Holland America Group.