SAFETY4SEA, in collaboration with SHIPPINGInsight, is pleased to announce that Wärtsilä has received the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Investment in Shipping Award, sponsored by SHIPPINGInsight, at a gala dinner and award ceremony which successfully concluded on May 29th at Megaron Athens, The Banqueting Hall, the evening on day one of the inaugural Hellenic American Maritime Forum, in Athens.
Wärtsilä received the award for making significant investments in research, product, development and production for the shipping industry. Wärtsilä is one of the marine industry’s leading equipment suppliers with years of experience and technology know-how. The organization is also a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. In the marine industry, Wärtsilä has set the development of efficient vessels, environmental solutions and gas technology as a key priority in meeting the evolving needs of the whole industry and its customers. In particular, it provides machinery, propulsion and maneuvering solutions, supplies engines and generating sets, reduction gears, propulsion equipment, control systems and sealing solutions for all types of vessels and offshore applications.
Presenting the award Mrs. Carleen Lyden- Walker, Chief Evolution Officer, SHIPPINGInsight said:
Wärtsilä is receiving the Investment in Shipping Award based on its commitment to partnering with industry to create safe, green, efficient and innovative solutions to industry’s challenges today.
Accepting the award on behalf of Wärtsilä, Mr. Kevin Humphreys General Manager, Merchant & Gas Carrier Segment Sales, stated:
I just want to say thank you for this award, thank you for this cultural connection we are having a chance to have tonight, it means a lot to us. We don’t invest merely to higher companies or companies with higher profits but we invest because we believe the earth has been given to us and is something we have to take care of.
Also, Mr. Yiannis Christopoulos, Managing Director, Wärtsilä commented:
Wärtsilä is committed to invest in innovation and technology and solutions aiming to strongly contribute in the development of smart marine ecosystems, where smart vessels are connected with smart ports enhancing sustainable societies.
By emphasizing sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. As of January 2019 Wärtsilä consists of two businesses; Marine Business and Energy Business. Wärtsilä Marine Business enhances the business of its marine and oil & gas industry customers by providing innovative products and integrated solutions that are safe, environmentally sustainable, efficient, flexible, and economically sound.
The first Hellenic American MaritimeAwards 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: Star Bulk Carriers Corp. for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Viswa Lab for the Innovation Award, Panama Maritime Authority for the Maritime Centre 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.