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The hunt for the globe’s leading maritime companies is well underway, with the Seatrade Awards delighted to announce that due to popular demand, the deadline for entering the competition has been extended to Wednesday 13th March.
The 31st edition of the Seatrade Awards – open to any maritime or shipping service provider in the world – will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony at London’s prestigious Guildhall, which is being returned to and is synonymous with the scheme.
Is the maritime industry ready to embrace smart shipping?
This year’s Awards sees the launch of a brand-new Parliamentary-style debate, and will assemble leading figures and debaters to attempt to answer one of the industry’s most pressing questions:
'This House believes that the early adoption of smart technology and automation will be an unqualified benefit for the maritime industry at sea and on land.’
Three debaters will speak for the motion and three against. This will be followed by a floor debate involving members of the gathered audience and, following a summary of the arguments on both sides, a vote will be taken on the motion.
The Parliamentary Debate will be held before the commencement of the Seatrade Awards on the 7th May, and will be chaired by Harry Theochari, Chair, Maritime UK and Partner – Global Head of Transport, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
Mr Theochari, Chairman for the debate, said “On the one hand, smart technologies have the potential to transform the fundamentals of ship operation, with digital technology and big data driving radical new solutions up to and including autonomous ships.
But on the other what does the industry actually want from these new technologies, how real are the efficiencies they offer and what changes to the regulatory framework would be needed prior to significant implementation? There is only one way to find out – attend the debate, listen to the arguments, and then as parliamentarians, let’s vote on which side wins.”
The Seatrade Awards showcase maritime ambition, achievement and innovation, and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering success that can inspire us all.
Judged by an expert panel of industry thought-leaders, these Awards give companies the chance to tell their stories to a global audience on a level playing field, through the maritime and shipping industry’s most prestigious honours programme.
Seatrade Awards this year features twelve categories, including;
Last year’s winners included MedAssist.online – winners of Safety at Sea; aqua-tools – winners of Clean Shipping and Dr Ravi K. Mehrotra, CBE, Executive Chairman, Foresight Group for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Take a look at 2018’s roll of honour here.
Discussing the awards, Chris Morley, Event Director at Seatrade Maritime, said: “One of the most important aspects of the awards is that maritime professionals get to share and celebrate some of the globe’s most successful projects. The category winners provide valuable inspiration and learning to all those in the sector, and particularly during these times of enormous change and uncertainty, this is most welcome. The Awards night this year promises to be the best that Seatrade has hosted to date.”
Nominations for the extended entry deadline for the Seatrade Awards closed on Wednesday 13th March. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winners will be revealed at the Seatrade Awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 7th May at London’s prestigious Guildhall (Dress code: Business attire).
For more information regarding the ceremony, click here