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ClassNK Tanker Operator of the Year


The winner of this award will be the company that has shone brightest throughout the year and has 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. Entrants should be companies that have shown a unique and different approach to the sector, measurable advancement in sustainability and business performance and have shown the strength to lead change in the industry.

2017 Winner: PAO Sovcomflot

Sponsored by ClassNK

Company of the Year


Judges will look for the most dynamic success story or development by a global business operating primarily in the maritime sector. Judges will look, beyond just scale, for the business that best innovated in the past 12 months and improved profitability upon the previous year. Judges will require unique stories that demonstrate year/year advancements in strategy, turnover, productivity, efficiency, diversity and CSR and will need to be convinced the winner has succeeded above all others.

2017 Winner: Pacific Basin Shipping

Containership Operator of the Year


This award recognises the containership owner or operator that has best responded to the changing commercial and regulatory landscape through new ocean shipping configurations and port pairings, simplified booking and documentation processes, action to reduce ship pollution and other innovations that have made the supply chain more efficient. Entrants must demonstrate profitability, leadership and excellence in the sector and provide examples of exceptional performance in operational matters such as safety, reliability, efficiency and new business processes.

2017 Winner: APL

Deal of the Year


This award, celebrating best in class, will go to the individual financier, practitioner or entity with a global presence, primarily responsible for what judges deem the best deal in 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 in playing the pivotal role in what judges regard as notable cases including, but not limited to, restructuring, consolidation, M&A, structured credit, structured equity financing or general corporate purposes. The winner will impress the judges with the deal’s size, timeliness and winning strategy.

2017 Winner: Hapag-Lloyd

Dry Bulk Operator of the Year


This award recognises an operator or owner serving a global market that has taken clear advantage of the changing dynamics in the dry bulk sector in the past year. Judges will look for the business that stands out from the crowd and displayed acumen. It may be a company that has remained strong or expanded or is a start-up or spin-off. The winning dry bulk operator must demonstrate that, during the year, it has maintained first class safety levels, best operational efficiency and consistent and profitable performance.

2017 Winner: C Transport Marine

Environment Award


This award honours the institution, company or individual that has done the most to reduce the pollution from maritime sources of the marine environment. 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. The category is open to all players in the maritime industry that can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to reducing marine pollution. Judges will be looking for tangible metrics by which success can be measured.

2017 Winner: Rotterdam World Gateway





The China Merchants Port Holdings Innovation Award


The award recognises a technology project that has demonstrated innovation that redefines operational excellence and advances business opportunities in the maritime sector. Our panel will welcome entries from the shipping community and maritime service industries that show proven project success in design, equipment and services for shipping in, but not limited to, environmental or operational efficiency and safety. The award encompasses all technologies, including best practice use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain and data security.

2017 Winner: Evergas, Dragon Multigas Fleet

Sponsored by


The Insurance Day Maritime Insurance Award


In partnership with Insurance Day this award highlights the role and work of the insurance company and the P&I Club. Entries should come from clubs and insurance companies that can demonstrate excellence in underwriting, claims and risk management. Judges will look for nominations that not only show underwriting and claims expertise and profitability over the past year, but also show evidence of new products or services that underscore a drive to reduce risk.

2017 Winner: North

Sponsored by Insurance Day


The i-law Maritime Law Award


This award celebrates excellence 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.

2017 Winner: Stephenson Harwood

Supported by


Port Operator Award


This award recognises the company, port authority or terminal that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service. The winner must demonstrate exceptional innovation, improved efficiency, profitability and investment during the year in port operations. Judges will look beyond just scale, requiring evidence of a sustained commitment to customer service, cost and operational efficiency and a faultless safety, training and environmental record, irrespective of the operator’s size.

2017 Winner: Hutchison Ports, Port of Felixstowe

Safety Award


This award goes to a shipowner, operator, manager, company or institution that can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to improving safety for employees ashore or at sea. Judges will be looking for examples of investment in new facilities, courses and roles, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff. The winner will need to demonstrate why they stand out above all others this year and provide metrics to show year/year improvements in both safety and accident rates.

2017 Winner: Drydocks World Dubai

Sponsored by








Seafarer of the Year


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.

2017 Winner: Master Fredrick Krysén and the crew of the MV Undine

In association with Amver

Training Award


This award goes to a company or institution for outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea and/or 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. Entrants must provide metrics to show year/year improvements in workforce upskilling and retention.

2017 Winner: Magsaysay People Resource Corporation


Sponsored by


Lifetime Achievement Award


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.

2017 Recipient: Francis Vallant, President of the European Network of Marine Clusters 

Our awards series

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Insurance Day Awards

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Ensure success by reading through our entry guide. This guide includes:

  • Top tips for entering
  • How to make your submission stand out
  • Full category guide and criteria


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