Star Bulk Carriers Corp received the award for demonstrating operational excellence in dry bulk shipping. Star Bulk is a global shipping company, having a fleet of 111 modern vessels with an average age of less than 8 years and a total capacity of more than 12.6 million deadweight. Star Bulk's vessels transport major bulks which include iron ore, coal and grain, and minor bulks such as bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Every year, Star Bulk ships more than 37 million metric tons of cargo across the world; safely, efficiently and with care to the environment.
Presenting the award Mrs. Paillette Palaiologou, Vice President, Bureau Veritas said:
Star Bulk is one of the top performing shipping companies in Rightship risk ranking globally, while remaining one of the most competitive dry bulk operators among its peers. Remaining committed timely and compliant with marine environment regulations, Star Bulk has selected the option to retrofit its entire fleet with exhaust gas cleaning systems in view of the 2020 IMO Sulphur regulation.
Accepting the award on behalf of Star Bulk Carriers Corp, Mr. Spyros Capralos, Chairman, stated:
It is a great honor to receive this award on behalf of our CEO, our collaborators, our seafarers. We are all very thankful to the American Maritime Forum for creating this award.
Also, Mrs. Charis Plakantonaki, Chief Strategy Office, Star Bulk Carriers Corp, commented:
Maintaining trust and long-lasting relationships with our partners worldwide, Star Bulk is well-positioned to continue delivering value to stakeholders through a health balance and strong financials.
Star Bulk’s vessels are manned by competent and well-trained seafarers and are operated by experienced and highly skilled onshore professionals. Also, Star Bulk is one of the top performing shipping companies in the RightShip risk rating globally. The company maintains executive offices in Athens, Greece and in Limassol, Cyprus. Star Bulk also owns Star Logistics, a dry bulk commodity logistics company based in Geneva.
The first Hellenic American Maritime Awards were announced on the sidelines of the inaugural Hellenic American Maritime Forum (HAMF) for which SAFETY4SEA and SHIPPINGInsight collaborated to provide an environment where shipowners and managers can voice their concerns and needs while finding solutions and collaborations. This unique event, which was held on 29-30 May 2019, in Athens, brought together the Hellenic American Maritime Stakeholders to discuss, network and exchange views and ideas towards a safe, smart, green, optimized, innovative and sustainable shipping industry.
Other winners of the 2019 HAMF Awards are: Viswa Lab for the Innovation Award, Panama Maritime Authority for the Maritime Centre Award, Wärtsilä for the Investment in Shipping Award, US Coast Guard for the Guardians of Industry Award, Mrs. Angeliki Frangou, Chairwoman & CEO, Navios Group, for the Visionary Award, Mr. Nicky A. Pappadakis, Past Chairman of Intercargo, for the Maritime Advocate Award and Adm. (USCG Ret) Thad William Allen for the Lifetime Achievement Award.