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Capt. Xu Lirong is a major figure in this industry, with a reputation extending around the world. His association with shipping and the sea began in 1975, when he realised his boyhood dream of becoming a seafarer, at the age of 18. His potential became clear when he was promoted to be China’s youngest sea captain at the age of just 26.
Coming ashore, Capt. Xu was appointed as the first president of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, promoting the first national water transport market. The China Containerized Freight Index, the CCFI, first launched in 1998, is now well established as a key freight market barometer.
In 1999, he planned and directed the reform of COSCO’s container shipping system, a process which defined the development of China’s container shipping industry in the years ahead. He was appointed Chairman of COSCO Shipping in 2016, a role from which he led the reform and restructuring of the world’s biggest shipping company. Since then he has been fully occupied in exploring new channels of international cooperation in shipping and logistics, to match China’s engagement in the global economy, whilst also promoting a new ecology and a digital transformation for international shipping.
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 - A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S
A.P. Moller - Maersk has shown great strength of leadership, innovation and agility in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The company have provided an example to the industry in how to exceed customer expectations and requirements whilst simultaneously reducing their costs. One of many major impacts of the crisis has been a shortage in road trucking capacity in many key regions and they have transformed key areas of its service offering by moving operations from road to rail and sea.
This innovative approach has helped reduce the strain on road capacity shortage, saved customer’s money and delivered a positive environmental impact through reduction of CO2 emissions in local supply chains. A.P. Moller – Maersk has shown great leadership and cooperation with key stakeholders such as port authorities and operators to help reduce the overall impact COVID-19 has had on intra-regional supply chains. All with a clear focus on the customer and ultimately, the consumer.
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.