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Dry Bulk Operator of the Year

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The dry bulk market has had another challenging year, and this award is to recognise the operator or owner that has demonstrated the best acumen and strength. Judges will look for the operator best able to stand out from the crowd. It may be a company that has remained strong, consolidated and/or demonstrated a unique resilience to market difficulties through best of class strategy. The winning dry bulk operator will have to demonstrate in the entry that, during the previous year, it has maintained first class safety levels, best operational efficiency and consistent performance.

ClassNK Tanker Operator of the Year

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The winner of this award will be a company that has shone brightly throughout the year and been able to demonstrate first class performance whether operationally or financially. Judges will look for the operator, whether in crude or product or chemical trades, that has led the way by demonstrating a level of excellence that goes well beyond the norm.

Submissions may be from companies that have shown a unique and different approach to the sector, leadership in sustainability or business performance or have shown the strength to bring change in the industry.

Sponsored by ClassNK

Containership Operator of the Year

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This award recognises the containership owner or operator that has demonstrated the best in bold, successful performance in the past twelve months.

Judges will require entrants to demonstrate leadership and excellence in the sector and examples of exceptional performance in operational matters such as safety, efficiency and reliability. Entrants will also be required to prove profitability.

Sponsored by Bureau Veritas


The Insurance Day Maritime Insurance Award

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In partnership with Insurance Day this award is to highlight the role and work of the insurance companies and the P&I Clubs.

Entries should come from clubs and insurance companies that have shown excellence in underwriting, claims and risk management.

Judges will lookg for nominations that not only show underwriting and claims expertise and profitability over the last year, but which also show evidence of new products or services that underscore a drive to reduce risk.

Sponsored by Insurance Day

The i-law Maritime Law Award

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This award celebrates the very best in the legal profession and will go to the individual lawyer or law firm that has offered the best service to the maritime industry over the past 12 months.

Judges will look for exemplary expertise and commitment to the shipping industry as well as clear examples of innovation through which lawyers have played a crucial role in notable cases, restructuring or dispute resolution.

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Safety Award


This award will go to a company with an exceptional commitment to improving safety standards in the shipping industry. The award is open to companies across all sectors which can demonstrate robust and effective improvements to their operations at sea or ashore over the past year.

Judges will be looking for examples of safety innovation, investment in safety training and proven reductions in accident rates, but they will also consider examples that demonstrate long-term consistency and best in class performance.

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Training Award


This award goes to a company for outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea or a company or institution that can demonstrate a contribution towards improving training standards across the maritime industry as a whole.

Judges will consider examples of investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector. The winner will need to demonstrate why they stand out above all others this year and have set the benchmark for the rest of the industry to aim for.

The Hutchison Ports Environment Award

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The Hutchison Ports Environment Award honours the institution, company or individual that has done the most to reduce the pollution of our environment from maritime sources.

The contribution could include, but is not restricted to, ship design and operation, port operations, company-wide environmental policy, or successful policy effort on the part of a public official with maritime responsibility. Judges will be looking for tangible metrics by which success can be measured.

Sponsored by Hutchison Ports








The Next Generation Shipping Award

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This award will go to a young, up–and–coming shipping industry leader who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. Judges are looking for someone brimming with fresh ideas, new priorities and genuine potential.

We encourage entries from all sectors to enter – anyone directly contributing to the shipping industry. Individual entries are welcome, but companies across the industry are encouraged to nominate their best and brightest, supported by examples of why their employee should win.

The Editorial team will retain the right to nominate in addition to any entries submitted.

Company of the Year

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Judges will look for the most dynamic success story or development from a shipping company from within all sectors. It may be an operator or owner with a diversified fleet, or one not covered by our more specific operator categories.

Judges will look for the company that best innovated and adapted in the past 12 months’ rapidly changing market conditions and recorded profit. Judges will look for unique stories that demonstrate advancements in strategy, profitability and efficiency, but they will also need to be convinced the winner has succeeded above all others.

Sponsored by DNV GL






Deal of the Year

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This hotly contested award will go to the business or organisation that has executed the biggest, most audacious financial move in the industry. The shipping markets are sufficiently volatile to attract bold entrepreneurial initiatives that lead to M&As or other restructuring.

The Deal of the Year winner, whether the company that has been part of the deal or the financial driver behind it, will impress the judges with its size, swiftness and winning strategy. It will be a bank or other financial entity or a company or organisation that has led from the front in demonstrating a unique move in the markets.

The China Merchants Port Holdings Innovation Award

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This award recognises an innovative project or technology which has demonstrated or has verified potential to move shipping forward.

Our panel will welcome entries that showcase new ideas, ship designs, equipment and services that have shown to be, or hold the promise of, offering shipping a distinct application for business improvement. Whether in safety, environment or operational efficiency, the award is made to the technology solution that the judges believe demonstrates the innovation needed to move shipping forward.

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Port Operator Award

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This award recognises the company or port authority that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service throughout the year. This award is open to individual port or terminal operators as well as larger group operations.

Our judges look at quality and performance improvement, not scale. Consideration will be given to tangible examples of innovation, improved efficiency, profitability or successful investment in port operations over the year. Judges will also be looking for evidence of a sustained commitment to customer service, cost and operational efficiency as well as an outstanding safety and environmental record.

Seafarer of the Year

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This popular and prestigious award recognises the skill, bravery and professionalism that the industry’s seafarers demonstrate on a daily basis. We are looking for nominations of crew of all ranks who have shown leadership, courage, seamanship and vision while at sea over the past 12 months.

Judges will welcome nominations from individuals or shipping companies putting forward any member of the crew, from ratings to masters whom they believe have exemplified the unique characteristics of seafarers.

In association with Amver

Lifetime Achievement Award

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This award recognises an individual who has, over the course of his or her long career, contributed to the well-being of the industry in a profound way.

The Lloyd’s List panel of judges  selects the winner from a list of nominations submitted from the Editorial team and the panel of judges.

Our awards series

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For any questions relating specifically to the Lloyd's List Awards series, please contact Jo Kirkpatrick.

If your query relates to entries, please contact Holly Mellish.

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