Last Friday, close to 400 leading maritime figures made their way to the Intercontinental Hotel on Kowloon for the 10th Seatrade Asia Awards. For members of the Hong Kong Maritime Community there were to be some disappointments tempered by one or two pleasant surprises.
In the event, the only Hong Kong-headquartered company to walk away with an award was Fleet Management who, against some serious competition, lifted the Ship Manager trophy.
International law firms with a Hong Kong presence did well. Stephenson Harwood lifted the Maritime Law Award for the second year running, and Ince & Co took the Ship Finance Award.
Among the individual awardees, the Hong Kong winner of the night was Edward Buttery who was recognised as the Seatrade Young Person of the Year 2017. Mr Buttery is the chief executive of Taylor Maritime (HK) Ltd, a bulk carrier manager formed in 2013.
Sadly Hong Kong’s most highly respected dry bulk operator, Pacific Basin, went home empty handed despite being nominated in four categories.
Other winners on the night included:
Education & Training Award
Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn Bhd
Environment Protection Award
Technical Innovation Award
Mampaey Offshore Industries
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Magsaysay People Resources Corporation
Safety Initiative Award
Keppel FELS Limited
Ship Owner/Operator Award
China Merchants Energy Shipping Co Ltd
Ports & Terminal Awards
Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Award
Sembcorp Marine Ltd
Deal of the Year Award
ICBC Financial Leasing Co Ltd
Seatrade Personality of the Year 2017
Seatrade Lifetime Achievement 2017
His Excellency Ambassador Carlos C Salinas