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2019 Winners

Maritime Services
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NOMINATIONS CLOSE 30 OCTOBER, 2020

As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Maritime Services Award, won by Engage Towage.

L to R: Engage Marine CEO Mark Malone, NSW Ports CEO, Marika Calfas and Robert Garrett

In the early hours of 6th May 2019, Engage Towage received a request to assist the salvage of the fully laden Densa Whale, a 274 metre, 158,000t DWT AFRAMAX Crude Oil Carrier, which had lost all main engine power and was fully immobile off the coast of NSW. Carrying over 150 million litres of crude oil, this was a potential environmental disaster three times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill, right here on our doorstep.
After an extraordinarily fast connection by the salvage team, the Densa Whale was located only 15 nautical miles off the NSW South coast, where it was estimated it was only 5 hours before it would run aground. What ensued was the longest and largest tow in Australian waters for over 20 years, taking 28 days and was performed in extreme weather conditions with winds reaching 60+ knots and swells in excess of 14 metres, averting a potentially catastrophic environmental disaster.
This project was a testament to the highly qualified and experienced crew at Engage Towage.

Liner Trade Award (North East Asia)
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Liner Trade award (North East Asia), won by Maersk Line.

Maersk Line’s Head of Oceania Market, My Therese Blank with Peter Keyte

The liner trade awards were decided by analysis of DCN shipping statistics from 1 November 2018 to 30 September 2019.

Port or Terminal of the Year
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Port or Terminal of the Year Award, which was taken out by MIRRAT.

L to R: MIRRAT Managing Director Nathan Ullrich and Head of Commercial, Jed Smith

Melbourne International RoRO and Auto Terminal (MIRRAT) has evolved from a fledgling good idea to become Australia’s largest purpose built RoRo and automotive terminal. Since commencement of operations in mid-2016, full operational efficiency was achieved in early 2018 upon consolidation to a single terminal, which dramatically increased capacity, efficiency and throughput.
MIRRAT achieved this by developing a multi-pronged approach which combined innovative processing solutions with technology and capital improvement works, including self-scanning by truck drivers, non-labeling and investment in a new Terminal Operating system.
Significant yard improvements resulted in better safety, efficiency and quality outcomes and as a result of these total initiatives, MIRRAT not only achieved its goal of not delaying a single vessel it also delivered operational efficiencies which improved vessel turnaround times.
MIRRAT has now firmly established itself as a core component of the Australian port industry.

Environmental Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Environmental Award, the first year it was awarded as a stand alone award. This award was taken out by HullWiper.

Hullwiper representative Paul Weston (right) with Bjorn Bijma

HullWiper won this award for its role in developing a remotely operated vehicle that provides environmentally friendly, cost effective hull cleaning that is also diver-free and brush-free.
Using adjustable seawater jets instead of brushes or abrasives, HullWiper collects marine fouling removed from hulls, rather than releasing it into port waters and risking the spread of invasive alien species.
Captured residues are pumped into an onboard filter unit and deposited into dedicated drums onshore, which are then collected by a locally approved environmental waste disposal company, providing all the benefits of a clean hull without compromising the delicate marine environment.

Liner Trade Award (North America)
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Liner Trade award (North America), won by Hamburg Süd.

Barry Thomas (right) representing Hamburg Süd accepts the award from Brendan Bourke

The liner trade awards were decided by analysis of DCN shipping statistics from 1 November 2018 to 30 September 2019.

Excellence in Bulk Logistics or Heavy Lift Handling Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Excellence in Bulk Logistics or Heavy Lift Handling Award, won by BBC Chartering Australia.

Alex Wellington, chartering manager, BBC Chartering Singapore (right) with Brett Winter

BBC Chartering Australia was named as the 2019 winner of the award based on a number of heavy lift moves but in particular its transport of a 383 metric tonne ship unloader from Zhangjiagang in China to Brisbane, together with a separate complex undertaking that involved the transfer, removal and reinstallation of two 45m boom trusses in the remote north west of the Northern Territory.

Customs Broker of the Year Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Customs Broker of the Year, won by All Ports International.

All Ports International managing director Deanne Withers with Zoran Kostadinoski

All Ports International impressed the judges through a combination of clearly evidenced professionalism and enhanced communication with its loyal customer base who, in addition, were most vocal and unanimous in their admiration and support of All Ports International’s innovative customer service and expertise.

Newsmaker of the Year Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Newsmaker of the Year, awarded to MIAL CEO Teresa Lloyd. This award was judged by the editorial staff of the Daily Cargo News.

Teresa Lloyd with Daily Cargo News editor, David Sexton

Teresa Lloyd was busy on several fronts throughout 2019.
As head of MIAL, Ms Lloyd helped produce a crucial piece of work providing the quantitative evidence needed via the MIAL Seafaring Skills Census, to demonstrate the critical nature of the looming maritime skills shortage and underpin MIAL’s further work to preserve and build Australia’s essential maritime skills base. In a similar vein, MIAL has announced a new scope of work, seeking information from employees and managers on maritime gender diversity.
Ms Lloyd continued fighting for the abolition of Seacare workers’ compensation scheme, seeking a better and more sustainable outcome for employers and employees alike. In addition, Ms Lloyd drove awareness of the potential impact of the Sulphur Cap 2020 not just within the maritime industry but across the Australian economy and has was determined to ensure facts underpin the coastal trading debate, including via discussion panels prior to the federal election.
With Ms Lloyd’s help, MIAL contributed to the sourcing of $160 million for the SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) Project, a crucial concept for safe navigation in Australia. The heritage of MIAL was also recognised mid-year with 120th anniversary function in Melbourne at which Ms Lloyd spoke and was central to organising.
Ms Lloyd has championed women and diversity, with one example being speaking at the AMSA-facilitated 2019 IMO World Maritime Day function in Sydney, which was attended by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

Liner Trade Award (New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and PNG)
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Liner Trade award (New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea), won by ANL.

ANL CEO Xavier Eiglier (left) with Liebherr-Australia representative Andrew Vezos

The liner trade awards were decided by analysis of DCN shipping statistics from 1 November 2018 to 30 September 2019.

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Women in Shipping & Maritime Logistics Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Women in Shipping & Maritime Logistics Award, won by Dr Rochelle Macdonald.

Dr Rochelle Macdonald (centre) with Sheridan Jones (left) and Melissa Horne

Dr Rochelle Macdonald is the Chief Executive Officer of Mid West Ports Authority and is an accomplished strategy and development executive with extensive experience in the resources, energy and transport industries.
Together with qualifications in environmental management, a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, Ms Macdonald has over twenty years direct experience and extensive knowledge of Ports.
Amongst a raft of achievements, Ms Macdonald has played a key role in the design and delivery of key projects of national significance including Gorgon, Pluto, Wheatstone, Anketel, and Cape Preston East.
Ms Macdonald’s approach to stakeholder engagement includes significant consultation with and development of projects for local communities. Ms Macdonald has a belief in the value that education offers to all, and is particularly interested in generating work placements for job-ready graduates.
As only the fourth female port CEO in Australian history, Ms Macdonald is also a strong advocate for gender equality in the workplace.

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LINX Cargo Care Group proudly sponsors the Women in Shipping & Maritime Logistics Award in recognition of the exceptional and valued contributions women leaders are making in Australia’s shipping and maritime logistics industries. We’re honoured to support the celebration of women and the diversity in thinking and experience they can bring to enhance and positively influence business perspectives, outcomes and cultures.
Customer Service Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Customer Service Award, won by Hamburg Süd.

Hamburg Süd state manager, Victoria & Tasmania Barry Thomas (right) accepts the award from Andrew Adam

This award recognised the standard of customer service, a vital part of all competitive industries, that was offered by individual shipping lines, or their agent, as seen by their customers.
This award was not open for individual nomination – all lines and their agents were automatically judged via an on-line survey of DCN subscribers and users.

Gender Diversity Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Gender Diversity Award, won by Svitzer Australia.

Svitzer Australia’s Nicole Holyer and Nicolaj Noes with Port Authrority of NSW’s Robert Dunn (centre)

Typical of the gender imbalance in the Shipping and Maritime Industry, in November 2019 Svitzer’s global workforce only comprised of 6.9 per cent women. However, Svitzer was led globally by CEO Henriette Thygesen, and locally Svitzer Australia had solid female representation in its Senior Leadership team, comprising 50 percent women.
In 2019, Svitzer implemented a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, to actively address gender inequality in its workforce.
Phase one was a concerted effort to raise the profile of women in the business and the benefits of diversity, by specifically marketing to women and attracting talent to the organization via customized social media and recruitment material.
Phase two was the launch of a formalised strategy to the business based on four strategic pillars, being Inclusive leadership from the top; Engagement and Communication; Targeted talent management; and finally Hardwiring. This initiative was supported by comprehensive inhouse and external resources supported by management buy-in from Board level down.

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Supply Chain Innovation & Technology Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Supply Chain Innovation & Technology Award, won by Mizzen.

Darren Burden, Jon Charles and Glen Butcher (far right) with MIRRAT’s Nathan Ullrich (second from right)

Many in the shipping industry have been grappling with digitalisation and its adoption yet Mizzen saw this as a huge opportunity for shipping lines to materially improve their efficiency, profitability and customer experience.
Mizzen achieved this by providing digital rate management and pricing software for the container shipping industry by operating a spot market rate platform, enabling every major shipping line servicing the Australian trades to deliver prices to their customers online.
What impressed the judging panel was this unique approach in logistic tech – specifically through Mizzen’s Digital Rate Management & Dynamic pricing software package, which promises to unlock the true potential of the digital channel.

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Safety Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Safety Award which, in its first year as a stand alone award, was won by LINX Cargo Care Group.

L to R: LINX Cargo Care Group CEO Anthony Jones, Craig Jackson and Michael Kemp

As an organisation with over 4,000 employees spread across 70 sites in Australia & NZ – with much of the workforce operating in hazardous environments – in a first for the Australian supply chain and logistics industry LINX Cargo Care Group implemented its own Virtual Reality safety training platform.
What impressed the judges was that the benefits of this program were effective and immediate, with increased understanding of hazards and risk management coupled with consistency of message. Employees can be exposed to high-risk situations and scenarios in a 100% risk free environment.
The VR program has been able to demonstrate a measureable impact on safety outcomes, is portable across operations allowing uniformity of message and provides a visual, interactive and immersive learning experience.

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Young Achievement Award
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Young Achiever Category, sponsored by The Merchant Navy War Memorial Fund and won by Verus Global director, Jackson Meyer.

Jackson Meyer with David Field

Jackson Meyer is Group CEO/Director of Verus Global and is an impressive young professional, involved in the freight forwarding industry from the tender age of 15.
Jackson went on to study Supply Chain and Logistics Management at Victoria University and at twenty years of age became a successful business development manager within the original Transtar International Freight group.
With new owners the incoming international leadership had a strong change of strategic direction and Jackson identified a a gap in the Australian logistics space where his ideal shipping model would allow for streamlined international shipping with minimal touch points.
Since then Jackson has worked tirelessly to establish the Verus Global group with 14 offices across Australia, China, HKG and the UK. Verus is a new generation of freight forwarding that has a strong ethos on connections and relationships, efficiency and innovation.
His ability to form strong industry associations and to engage with stakeholders has enabled Verus Global to become one of the fastest growing freight forwarding businesses across the Asia Pacific region.

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Freight Forwarder of the Year
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As part of our countdown to this year’s awards, we are revisiting the memorable wins from last year’s awards. Here, we look back on the 2019 Freight Forwarder of the Year Category, won by Whale Logistics Australia.

Whale Logistics Australia managing director Ryan Cummings (right) with Tom Griffiths

Whale Logistics Australia enjoyed an outstanding year in 2019 and is roundly considered one of Australia’s leading freight forwarder and logistics companies.
By any number of metrics the company exceeds industry averages, whether it be sales growth; customer service and retention; technology and innovation; or productivity and efficiency.
The company also established a corporate social responsibility arm raising funds for a variety of leading charities and has been a recipient of a number of awards both locally and internationally.

Don’t forget: Nominations for this year’s awards will close on October 30th

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