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Lloyd’s List Americas Awards are judged by an independent panel of industry experts & thought-leaders – the 2018 panel will include:


Niels Aalund
Senior Vice-President, West Gulf Maritime Association

Niels_AalundNiels Aalund serves as an Officer and Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association, advocating on behalf of member companies (owners, steamship agents, industry stakeholders, labour and stevedores) with local, state and federal agencies. He has extensive strategic planning experience in both operations and commercial maritime activities including management positions overseeing liner, break-bulk and stevedoring groups. He serves on 14 regional and/or national committees and boards and has provided leadership for a variety of maritime related positions.

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein
Executive Director


KaityKaity Arsoniadis-Stein is the Executive Director of the newly re-established Vancouver International Maritime Centre. A maritime lawyer by profession with a Masters in Maritime Law with merit from Kings College London, Kaity has over 15 years of experience in the global shipping industry having started her career with the Vancouver law firm Bull Houser & Tupper. Kaity has worked for various international firms such as Gard (UK) Ltd., the National Oil Refineries of Greece, Teekay Shipping Ltd. and Seaspan Ship Management in Vancouver, Canada.

She is called upon by government as an industry advisor to Transport Canada and Environment Canada, as well as the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. She was also appointed by the Premier of B.C. as the transportation lead for the British Columbia Jobs and Investment Board. 

Michael Broad
President, Shipping Federation of Canada


Michael Broad has been president of the Shipping Federation of Canada since 2004. The Shipping Federation of Canada acts as the pre-eminent voice of shipowners, operators and agents involved in Canada’s world trade. Its main areas of activity are advocacy, education, compliance, information and operational assistance and the organization maintains offices in Montreal and Vancouver. Prior to that position, Michael was president of B & K Shipping Agency Ltd., a maritime agency with offices in Toronto & Montreal. He is a board member of several community and industry organisations, including Mariners House of Montreal. 



Juanita Del Castillo

Juanita is a lawyer by profession who stands out of the crows as the only female manager of a private terminal in Latin America. Since August 2015, Del Castillo has served as the general manager of Santa Marta International Terminal Company (SMITCO) and Barranquilla Container Terminal (BCT).  She joined Port of Santa Marta as legal counsel for the group and its affiliated companies, overseeing the administration of the port concession agreement, environment licensing, customs permits, and the preparation, execution, and monitoring of principal contracts.  She also served as project manager for strategic alliance partners and government affairs.

Jorge Duran
Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Organization of American States (OAS)


Jorge_Duran For close to 30 years, Jorge Duran has worked with the governments and private sector of the Americas in the design and implementation of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2003 Mr. Duran has served at the Organization of American States (OAS) as Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Senior Manager for Municipal Development and Capacity Building, in 2012 as Chief of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation and, since 2013, as Chief of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI).

Previously, Mr. Duran was Director of Regional Cooperation (1995-2000) and then Vice-President of International Affairs (2000-2002) at the Latin American Institute of Educational Communication (ILCE) in Mexico City.  Other positions include Advisor in Science and Technology Policy for the Presidency of Mexico (1990-1992) and Special Assistant to the Mexican Ambassador at the U.N. (1994).

Daniel Giani
Regional Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas



Appointed by Bureau Veritas in November 2012 as Regional Chief Executive for the Marine and Offshore division in United States and Canada. As Chief Executive he has been responsible for the profit and loss responsibility, identifying growth opportunities, providing technical support and quality monitoring for all marine and offshore endeavors and ensuring compliance to Bureau Veritas divisions guidelines and procedures.

Mr Giani joined Bureau Veritas in 2009 where he was employed as a marine center manager and crew and systems operations manager within the marine division based in Port Everglades, FL. Prior to Bureau Veritas, he was a technical director in the operations department for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Mr. Giani also held various positions with Alianza Shipyard and Det Norske Veritas.


Jeanne Grasso
Vice Chair, Maritime and International Trade Practice Group, Blank Rome


Jeanne Jeanne Grasso is a member of Blank Rome’s  Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).  Jeanne focuses her practice on maritime, international, and environmental law for clients worldwide. Ms. Grasso counsels owners and operators of vessels, charterers, cargo owners, and facilities, including manufacturing facilities, both marine-side and inland




Michael K Hope
Group Director (FD&D), The North of England P&I Association Limited

Michael is a US qualified lawyer who joined North of England’s FD&D Department in 1999. Previously, Michael had worked in Houston at the firm Eastham, Watson Dale & Forney. Since 2014, he has been Group Director (FD&D) responsible for looking after the service requirements for Members based in the Americas and the UK. Michael is admitted to practice law in Texas, the District of Columbia, and Maine.


Kathy Metcalf
President and CEO, The Chamber of Shipping of America

Kathy Metcalf was appointed president and CEO of the CSA in 2015 after 18 years as the chamber’s director of Maritime Affairs. The CSA represents a significant number of US based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships and other merchant vessels and represents maritime interests before Congress, federal/state agencies and in international fora. After graduating the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kathy found her way to the CSA via a varied career that included deck officer on large tankers and roles in corporate and governmental regulatory and compliance. 


Brian M. Salerno 
Senior Vice President for Maritime Policy at the Cruise Lines International organization (CLIA)


In this capacity he coordinates industry positions on technical, regulatory and policy matters related to cruise ship safety, security and environmental compliance. He came on board with CLIA in December 2017. Brian served 36 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 2012 at the rank of Vice Admiral. During his career, he worked in a variety of Coast Guard operational missions, with particular focus on maritime safety. Upon retirement, Brian began working as a marine consultant. He served as the U.S. Liaison for BIMCO - an international ship owner’s association headquartered in Copenhagen. He also served on the Panama Canal Navigation Safety Advisory Board.

In 2013, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to lead the recently established Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which was focused on offshore oil exploration and production, and implementing the lessons learned from the DEEPWATER HORIZON oil spill. He stepped down in January 2017 and resumed work as a maritime consultant. He also serves as Vice President of the U.S. Friends of World Maritime University.


Grantley Stephenson
Chief Executive Officer
Kingston Wharves


GrantGrantly Stephenson joined Kingston Wharves as the Managing Director in 2003 and has carefully crafted the modernization and growth strategies of the Company. He has also headed various shipping companies over the past 30 years including Seaboard Freight and Shipping Jamaica Limited and Jamaica Merchant Marine. In 2010 Mr. Stephenson was ranked the No.1 CEO by the Businessuite Magazine. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of the West Indies. He is also a graduate of the University of Technology in Jamaica and the University of Plymouth in England.

In 2013, Mr. Stephenson was re elected as the President of the Caribbean Shipping Association. He is Dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica and the Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Norway. For his outstanding work in this role, he was conferred with the Jamaican National Award of the Order of Distinction – Commander Class and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, the highest non-national award.

Carlos Urriola
Senior Vice President, Carrix


CarlosCarlos has been a hands-on and energetic maritime manager since graduating in Mexico in industrial and systems engineering. He held various directorial positions with Panama’s National Port Authority 1979-1993, before consulting and becoming MIT Panama’s gm in 2003. Carlos is prominent in regional maritime, having been Caribbean Shipping Association president 2009-2012 and svp at MIT’s parent, Carrix, since 2011.


Our judging process:

One of the pillars upon which Lloyd’s List has proudly stood since its founding in 1734 is its integrity, without fear or favour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Lloyd’s List awards that promote and celebrate excellence in shipping. Our commitment to awards entrants and attendees is bound up in the selection and rotation of judges who volunteer their time, experience and consideration of the hundreds of annual entries to our global and regional awards programme.

The judges, invited from all core sectors of the maritime industry which Lloyd’s List serves, engage in lengthy face to face deliberation – under Lloyd’s List chairmanship – at all times combining their industry knowledge with entry criteria, to debate and, ultimately, decide on winners.

Without judges’ depth of knowledge, mutual respect for fellow judges’ views, a passion for supporting the maritime industry and their open willingness to recuse themselves in the unlikely events of a category conflict, the Lloyd’s List awards would not be possible. We take this opportunity to thank all our judges for their role in helping Lloyd’s List continue to deliver its 280-year-old promise of integrity, earning Lloyd’s List its reputation as the trusted global name in giving industry recognition through awards.   


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