Lloyd's Register wins Global 'Best Classification Society' Award

Last night, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, LR won the 'Best Classification Society' category at the Lloyd's List Global Awards.

Last night, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, LR won the 'Best Classification Society' category at the Lloyd's List Global Awards.

Receiving the award from the category presenter, The Chairman of ASRY, was Lloyd's Register Surveyor, Apostolos Giannoulis.

The 400 or so assembled guests were told: 'Apostolos is one of Lloyd's Register's youngest ship surveyors and in receiving the award he represents the 1,800 ship and plan approval surveyors in Lloyd's Register and a 2,800 strong global Marine workforce'.

Present at the evening from LR were David Moorhouse, Richard Sadler, Chris Walters, Dave Barrow, Hector Sewell, Kosta Petrov, Apo Giannoulis and Nick Brown (London). LR guests were: the Panamanian Ambassador to London, HE Gilberto Arias; Andreas Chrysostomou, the Chairman of MEPC; and Capt. Bob Bishop, CEO, V.Ships Shipmanagement.

Richard Sadler was the guest of shipowners Sovcomflot, who won the 'Company of the Year' Category, collected by Sergei Frank.

David Moorhouse presented the Seafarer of the Year Award, a special category to mark the Year of the Seafarer. The Award was won by Gregorio Oca, tireless supporter of the welfare of seafarers in the Philippines.

Maersk Line chief executive Eivind Kolding was named Lloyd’s List’s Newsmaker of the Year last night, 'in recognition of his achievements at corporate and industry level. Announcing the award, Lloyd’s List editor Tom Leander spoke about Mr Kolding’s leadership role in turning AP Moller-Maersk ’s container shipping business from a loss of more than $2bn in 2009 to bumper profits in the first half of this year.'

Martin Stopford, the doyen of shipping economics and the head of research at Clarksons, was given a special award for lifetime achievement 'for maritime excellence'.