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Joining a leading shipping group in 1994 led by his father, Rodolphe Saadé played important roles around the business in New York, Hong Kong and eventually, at the head office in Marseille. In 2004, he was appointed Executive Officer in charge of developing regular lines on the North/South axis and appointed Vice Chairman and member of the Group’s Board in 2010. It was in this role that he oversaw the financial restructuring of the Group that same year. More recently, Rodolphe has conducted talks that led to the signature of OCEAN ALLIANCE, a strategic and ambitious operational agreement with Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL. And since his nomination as the Group’s Chairman & CEO in 2017, he has been implementing a new strategy to steer the Group into the future. The recent delivery of the world’s largest LNG powered containership represents a major milestone for the group’s objective of carbon neutrality and incidentally the ship was named in honour of his late father, founder and first chairman and CEO of the group.
Maria Angelicoussis is a dynamic leader and has led fleet expansion, vessel diversification and a major commitment to human resources and training. Maria is fast becoming one of the leading lights in the LNG & LPG carrier market demonstrating a clear recognition of the vital importance of training in the LNG business. As Vice President at one of the largest privately held shipping groups in the world, and part of a family-run business in a highly competitive environment, she has huge entrepreneurial spirit. Now actively involved in all aspects of the Group’s activities, Maria’s predominant focus is with their newest business unit focussing on a young fleet of LNG, LPG and FSRU vessels.
Winner - MEDLOG
Concept of the project revolved around creating a seamless flow in the logistics chain from point of origin to the final destination, thus optimising efficiency in the most cost-effective manner.
The bottlenecks were obvious. Deteriorating roads surrounding ports, complex logistical & clearing processes, and lack of reliable equipment available to manage the transition from point A to B. Medlog eliminated the consequences of using infrastructure that surrounded the ports by setting up a barge terminal, streamlined the clearing & forwarding complexities through its Inland Container Depot, and Empty Return Depot, and acquired all the relevant equipment.
Result: A reliable logistics partner.
Winner - MSC FEBE - Mediterranean Shipping Company
Highly commended - Silversea Cruises
MSC FEBE is part of a new Gülsün-Class of 23,000+ TEU vessels, added in 2019-2020 to MSC’s global shipping network.
Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI)Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC FEBE (total capacity of 23,756 TEU) sets a new standard in container shipping, especially in terms of environmental performance and safety.
State-of-the-art design and engineering minimises the wind resistance of MSC FEBE, resulting in lower fuel consumption and maximising energy efficiency. The ship is also one of MSC’s ships to be awarded a new “FCS notation” from the classification society DNV in relation to fire safety on board.
The judges gave a high commendation to ‘Silver Origin’ from Silversea Cruises for being an innovative Cruise vessel with impressive environmental credentials including dynamic positioning systems and the highest of energy efficiency standards.
Awarded to China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation
Headquartered in Shanghai, this company ranks first in the world in terms of comprehensive fleet capacity, with its container fleet the third largest in the world, and the capacity of dry bulk, tanker and general cargo fleets the largest in the world. China COSCO SHIPPING Corporation takes Shanghai port as its transit centre and ranks first in terms of international transit business in Shanghai Port in 2018 and 2020. The company has long been committed to strengthening port and shipping digital cooperation, improving port automation and intelligence. They have made outstanding achievements in promoting the breakthrough development of shipping centres and building digital cooperation between port and shipping.