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Francis Ho, Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Transport), was on hand to dish out the prizes: Cosco Hong Kong was awarded for having the most gross tonnage on the Hong Kong Shipping Register — 71 ships totalling 2.6m gt.
The RZS Joy, a 35,899 gt bulk carrier owned by RZS Joy Shipping, received an award for being the ship that took the Hong Kong Register over the 36m gt mark, on 27 December 2007.
This year the Marine Department introduced a new set of awards for the Best Performing Ship Management Company in Tokyo and Paris MOUs Port State Control Inspection. The winning companies were Pacific Basin, Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Orient Overseas Container Line, Fleet Management and Cosco Hong Kong Shipping.
Congratulations to all.
It’s an ill wind
BE KIND to your contacts in East Anglia’s shipping community this week — many of them are feeling pretty fragile, to say the least.
Investigations are taking place after reports that about 150 people fell ill after attending the annual dinner of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ local branch.
About 200 people from the region’s shipping industry attended the event at the Hotel Elizabeth Orwell in Felixstowe, but over the next day or two, people started coming down with a very sudden gastric illness.
An investigation into alleged food poisoning has been launched by environmental health officers, but they have stressed that the illness could have another cause that is not linked to food.
Former World Cup referee Graham Poll was the guest speaker at the event, which was otherwise a very successful and enjoyable evening, branch chairman Mike Wackett told the Ipswich Evening Star.
It has been a particularly challenging week for some: at the very time that guests would have been making their way home from the dinner, the wind was gathering speed and was set to bring crane carnage to the port of Felixstowe.
Dover: going for the Doble
PLUCKY Dover is at it again, putting down a marker to persuade the authorities to repeat history and allow the Olympic Torch to enter the UK through the ferry port.
A group has been set up in the ancient Cinque Port to ensure that East Kent gets its share of publicity and other benefits as a result of the London 2012 Olympics.
A factor in Dover’s favour is that a Dover butcher, Sid Doble, was given the honour of first carrying the Torch when it arrived at Dover from France in 1948 on its way to London for the start of the Games. He ran with it through cheering crowds from the dockside before handing over to the next runner on the outskirts of the town.
A spokesman for the group, which is backed by the harbour board, described the port as “the natural gateway between mainland Europe and the UK. A visitor’s first and last impressions of the UK are formed here”.
The torch group will have a fight on its hands in August when the Olympic Games are officially handed over from Beijing to London.
The Lurex years
LLOYD’S List was disappointed to discover that the rumour that a senior member of the London shipping services community was formerly a member of 1970s rockers Supertramp was just that.
Diligent research into the links between the music and maritime industries has so far unveiled the fact that gravel-voiced Tom Waits served for a short time in the US Coast Guard during the 1970s.
We now leave it up to our readers tooffer up any other musical connections. There must be at least one chief executive out there to have graced the stage in glam-rock make-up or an ill-advised haircut. And we want to see the photos...