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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Liberian registry shortlisted for the Ship Efficiency Awards 2015

The Liberian Registry has been named as a finalist for the 2015 Ship Efficiency Awards.

After much consideration by the awards panel of judges, the Liberian Registry was selected to become one of the five finalists for the Initiative of the Year award. The nomination is in respect of Liberia’s Global Eco-Upgrade Financing Programme, an environmental initiative to help reduce global carbon emissions and to enhance fleet efficiency and competitiveness.

The initiative offers a complete energy-saving solution for ships on a global basis with an add-on specifically crafted for Emissions Control Areas (ECAs). The global programme includes an optimal mix of fuel efficiency retrofit solutions for each target vessel, based on its trading pattern, age, size, speed, and consumption. For ships trading within ECA zones, the programme can include the installation of exhaust scrubber systems or the conversion of engines to LNG dual-fuel, to comply with emissions requirements.

The second annual Ship Efficiency Awards will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking and offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation. The award ceremony takes place on 9 September at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

Scott Bergeron, chief executive officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the registry, says, “Efficient shipowners and managers in today’s highly regulated and ultra-competitive industry need to tick a lot of boxes in order to remain compliant and profitable. They have to be environmentally aware and commercially astute, and responsible ship registers work with good owners towards achieving those objectives. That is what the Liberian Registry has done with its Global Eco-Upgrade Financing Programme. This nomination confirms that Liberia is determined to remain the greenest fleet afloat.”

The Liberian Registry is one of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers and has long been considered the world’s most technologically advanced maritime administration. It has a long-established track record of combining the highest standards of safety for vessels and crews with the highest levels of responsive service to owners.


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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Brazilian ship agent wins ITIC-sponsored FONASBA Award

The FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Broker Award 2015, co-sponsored by International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), has been awarded to Renan Quieroz of Wilson Sons Ltda, Brazil. Aleksandra Obucina of Agent Plus D.o.o, Serbia, was also awarded a special ‘highly commended’ award for his submission

The award was introduced this year and entries were reviewed and judged by a committee which included ITIC director Charlotte Kirk and which was headed by former FONASBA President Gunnar J Heinonen. Mr Heinonen observed that the standard of the entries was consistently high across all the papers, and that the number and level of entries had proven the concept of the award.

Current FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay, meanwhile, said, “This award, together with other initiatives which FONASBA has introduced recently, will ensure that education and training remain one of our core activities.” He also said he was “extremely grateful” to ITIC and to BIMCO for their generous support in sponsoring the awards.

Charlotte Kirk says, “ITIC is proud to be a sponsor of these FONASBA awards, which will help us identify the outstanding ship brokers and ship agents of the future.”

ITIC is managed by Thomas Miller. More details about the club and the services it offers can be found on ITIC’s website at www.itic-insure.com

FONASBA (The Federation of National Ship Brokers and Agents) provides a united voice for the world’s shipbrokers and agents. Founded in 1969, the organisation promotes fair and equitable practices and ensures that the needs of its members are understood at both a governmental level and across the maritime industry. www.fonasba.com

For more information:
Charlotte Kirk
Tel. +44 (0)20 7338 0150
Fax. +44 (0)20 7338 0151

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