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The Induction Process: How It Works

Each year a small number of individuals, usually between two and four, are inducted into the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame in recognition of their achievements in shipping, and their contribution to and/or impact on the success, reputation, development and perpetuation of Greek shipping.


Induction process – i. Background


From inception in 2007, until today, only historic individuals who are no longer with us have been eligible for induction. This first phase has successfully established in a relatively short period an initial, historic membership of the Hall of Fame, providing an immediate interest to the shipping community, as well as to general visitors and students. From 2007 to 2011, the inductees were elected by an independent 10-member special selection committee representing today's Greek shipping community.


Induction process – ii. The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Academy

From 2012 onwards, the induction process has been entirely independent and broadly based. The induction process is as follows:

The nomination procedure for the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is open to anyone. Nominations may be made in either Greek or English language. (See iii. Nominations)

The voting body is the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Academy ('the Academy'). (See v. Membership of the Academy)

Following the annual call for nominations, Academy members can vote through electronic balloting. Those personalities who receive the highest number of votes are inducted. The Academy generally inducts two to four personalities each year.

The voting procedure is audited and supervised each year by a reputable international firm of auditors (Deloitte).

The new inductees are announced at a dinner each year and are celebrated on the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame website.


Induction process – iii. Rules for Nominations

  1. The ability to nominate candidates for induction into the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is open to anyone.
  2. Nominations are invited in the form of a short written biography of the candidate of length 300 – 400 words, accompanied by a suitable portrait photograph of the candidate whenever possible.
  3. Nominations may be made in either Greek or English language.
  4. There is no restriction on type of information included in the short biography. Typically, this will comprise dates of birth and death, summary of professional or business achievements, advocacy for the candidate as a worthy potential Inductee, and whenever possible a portrait photograph. Information need not be confined solely to maritime-related activity. However, submissions may be subject to fact-checking by the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.
  5. Additional information, written and photographic material may be accepted for the nomination file and the archives, for improving the nomination biography and for possible inclusion in a full-length Hall of Fame biography in the case that the candidate is inducted in future. In any event, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame reserves the right to draw as it sees fit on any and all information submitted in nominations.
  6. It is the responsibility of the director and the secretariat to liaise with the nominating party as necessary to prepare the entry for publication in the members' section of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame website, which will be the basis for voting. 'Preparation' may include engaging in additional research and improvement of the nomination file where necessary, fact-checking, editing or rewriting of the final biography of the nominee and translating it into English/Greek.
  7. As a contribution to the expense of these activities, a processing fee of €250 (two hundred and fifty euros) will be charged as a standard condition of accepting the nomination.
  8. The aim of the editorial/processing services is: a) in each case to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the nomination, in both Greek and English, and b) to ensure that the technical quality of the nominations presented to the voting body is uniform, to the extent possible.
  9. Unsuccessful candidates from the first year of their nomination will be kept 'live' for a further two years, if necessary, before being deemed to have 'lapsed'. A candidate who has not been inducted after three years may be reconsidered for a further three years if requested by the original nominating party or at the discretion of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. The nominating party will be duly reminded of this and given every opportunity to refresh the nomination (without charge). After a total six consecutive years, the candidacy may be continued only by agreement between the nominating party and the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame, on a year-by-year basis.
  10. A nominee's biography may be changed or supplemented from year-to-year at the request of the nominating party, or if new information comes to light, but only if agreed by the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. There will be no obligation on the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame to make such changes.
  11. If a candidacy is allowed to terminate, later nomination of the same candidate, whether by the original nominating party or a different nominating party, will be deemed a new candidacy and will be subject to a processing fee.
  12. In the event that a different nominating party proposes to submit a separate nomination of a candidate who is already up for consideration for the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame, this may be accepted or declined at the sole discretion of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.
  13. In addition to 'public' nominations from the shipping community at large, the Director of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame and the Advisory Board between them will have the right to put forward up to four (4) new candidates each year. For voting purposes, such nominations will not be privileged or distinguished in any way from the other candidates presented through the website.
  14. To be accepted for the current year, new nominees for induction must be submitted (and 'lapsed' previous nominations refreshed) by a deadline, usually in early September each year. The deadline will be decided by the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame and pre-announced.
  15. Following submission and necessary preparation, all nominations will be uploaded to an Academy members' area of the website where they will be presented strictly in alphabetical order (according to surname) in both Greek (Greek alphabetical order) and English (English alphabetical order). In exceptional cases where an eligible "team" may include more than one surname, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame will make the final determination of the most apt placement within the alphabetical order. (See iv. Eligibility)
  16. The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame specifically reserves its right to reject nominations for reasons including (but not limited to) non-payment of processing fee, provision of insufficient or unreliable information, or if a proposed nominee does not satisfactorily meet the rules on Eligibility for Induction (below).

Induction process – iv. Eligibility for Induction

  1. Only individuals are eligible for election to the Hall of Fame as 'inductees' – not whole families, companies or other entities.
  2. The only exception to 1 (above) is when more than one named specific individual (up to a maximum of four) is adjudged to represent a "team" whose achievements are difficult to separate for recognition in the Hall of Fame, but only when these are linked through family ties. Therefore, brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm – if they had been Greek shipowners rather than writers of fairy tales - would be eligible as a single entry (the Grimm Brothers). However, to take another example, the comedians Laurel and Hardy could only be included as two separate nominations – Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – even though they are a well-known pair.
  3. Individuals from any era in time and of any rank, profession or sector can be eligible as long as they have a claim to fame connected with the Greek maritime world.
  4. Living persons are currently not eligible for consideration for the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame – unless as a surviving member of a "team" (See 2 above) in which the majority of members have passed away.
  5. Decisions on individual cases of eligibility are at the sole discretion of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. Terms of eligibility for the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame, as well as possible categorization of candidates, will be kept continuously under review and the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame reserves the right to adjust the conditions of eligibility to serve the development of the Hall of Fame in future.

Induction process – v. Rules for Voting

  1. Voting for the Inductees is restricted to members of the Academy, without reference to category of member or length of membership. All confirmed members who have been issued with a private member's number will have access to the website and may be in time to cast a vote.
  2. Between two and four individuals will generally be inducted each year with the precise number to be confirmed in advance of the voting procedure. However, the number of Inductee places may be freely modulated from year to year, and expanded if necessary, in line with the needs of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame which may include but are not limited to general logistical or expansion requirements, special projects, anniversaries, celebrations, thematic or streaming additions to the Hall of Fame.
  3. The exact number of Inductees for a given year will be proclaimed to all Academy members in the appropriate area of the website and through direct notification in advance in the run up to the voting period.
  4. The candidates and short biographies of each candidate will be available for viewing on-line through the members' area of the website during the voting period, which will normally be for one month but may differ at the discretion of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.
  5. Notification of the voting period and deadline will be through the website and direct reminders to Academy members.
  6. Voting will be by online ballot through the members' area of the website.
  7. Ballots will be counted by an international firm of certified public accountants – 'the Audit Firm' (Deloitte) – appointed by the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. The Audit Firm will also review the integrity of the system, the transparency of the balloting and final results.
  8. The Inductees will be selected on the basis of a simple numeric system of counting. The Inductees will be deemed those candidates with the highest number of votes once all the votes have been tabulated without consideration to any other factor.
  9. Each Academy member may cast a vote for as many nominated candidates as are required to fill the Inductee places allotted for that year. Thus, in a year when two Inductees are to be inducted, each member may vote for up to two of the nominated candidates. In a year when three Inductees are sought, each member may elect to support up to a maximum of three of the nominees, and so on. There is no requirement for members to use their maximum voting entitlement. A member can elect to support a single candidate.
  10. Although voting in the Induction process is the first and core purpose of being a member of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Academy, failure to vote has no impact on membership.
  11. In the event of a tie, there will be no re-vote or additional election mechanism, except if the result should be so exceptional as to place an extraordinary burden on the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. This is defined as a result which would, in the case of a tied vote, imply induction of more than four Inductees together. In such a case, a special resolution procedure is outlined below (See 14).
  12. In any year in which two (2) Inductee places are allocated: In the event of a two-way tie for first place, both successful candidates will be inducted and the required number of Inductees will be deemed satisfied. In the event of a three-way tie for first place, or a two-way tie for second place, all three leading candidates will be inducted, the required number of places being automatically extended by one additional Inductee. A three-way tie for second place will also be accepted, expanding the number of Inductees to four.
  13. In any year in which three (3) Inductee places are allocated: In the event of a three-way tie for first place, or a two-way tie for second place all three successful candidates will be inducted and the required number of Inductees will be deemed satisfied. In the event of a tie for third place, leading to a total four Inductees, the required number of places will be automatically extended by one additional Inductee.
  14. In the unlikely event that voting results in any tie which if the above method is followed would lead to induction of more than four Inductees in the particular year, and if this is deemed excessive, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame may determine at its sole discretion to invoke a casting vote procedure. In conjunction with the Audit Firm, a ballot of the members of the Advisory Board of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame will be held to determine the candidates to fill the final Inductee places up to the acceptable maximum number. For example, in a year in which three (3) Inductee places were allocated and there were two clear leading nominations after tallying the Academy vote, with a four-way tie for third place, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame would have the following options at its own choice: a) Proceed with induction of six Inductees if acceptable; b) Invoke the special procedure and, in conjunction with the Audit Firm, ask the members of the Advisory Board to vote collectively for either one, two or three out of the number of tied candidates to reduce the overall number of Inductees to an acceptable number.
  15. Inductees will be announced at an annual shipping industry ceremony.
  16. Balloting is intended to be secret. Except the announcement of the Inductees each year, other details of the voting results, including but not limited to the ranking position among the various Inductees, number of votes, and whether or not the exceptional tie-break procedure was invoked, will remain confidential to the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame and its Audit Firm.

Induction process – vi. Membership of the Academy

Membership of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Academy is by invitation, but membership inquiries are welcomed.

Membership is free of charge.

The Academy is an honorary membership organisation of individuals intended for the most influential men and women in Greek shipping as well as to represent the wider Greek shipping community for the purpose of electing inductees annually to the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.

Broadly, the membership falls into the following categories:

A - Honorary
For: members of the Advisory Board; chairmen of core industry representative associations; members of the special committees responsible for nominating and electing the initial inductees 2007-2011.

AA – Foundation
For: shipowning and shipmanagement companies supporting the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame as Foundation Sponsors or Donors – one representative each, usually the principal shareholder/ceo/managing director.

B - Company
For: shipowning and shipmanagement companies under beneficial Greek control, whether based in Greece or elsewhere – one representative each, usually the principal shareholder/ceo/managing director.

C - Independent
For: specialist maritime journalists and correspondents; dedicated maritime historians and academics with a minimum 1 publication on a Greek shipping/shipping professional topic.

D - Associate
For: senior executives representing maritime service organisations (one representative per entity), including but not limited to shipbrokers, classification societies, P&I Clubs, marine insurance brokers, shipping banks, maritime law firms, maritime consultancies.

E - Individual
Additionally, individuals may be accepted as voting members of the Academy at the complete discretion of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. As a guideline, up to three (additional) executives of a shipowning or shipmanagement company which is already represented in the 'Company' category may be accepted as Individual members. A second representative of an Associate organisation may also be accepted for Individual membership. Individual members may also be professionally qualified in a shipping-related discipline, freelance professionals or retired from active work. Individual members have all the privileges of other categories of membership.

Rejection policy
Membership is by invitation, and in most cases is free. However, the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame specifically reserves its right to reject requests for membership or terminate an existing membership. In certain cases individuals may be offered 'Individual' membership but asked for a donation to the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. Reasons for rejection may include (but are not limited to) the possibility that, on assessment, the potential membership candidate is considered to not comply with any of the available membership categories, which are established for reasons of proportionality of the Academy as an electoral body and its overall prestige. Other reasons for rejection may include (but are not limited to) the fact that a company's limit of members has already been reached or that the individual does not fall within any of the target groups for membership. Reasons for termination of membership may include (but are not limited to) occasions when a member is considered to have subsequently fallen out of compliance with the requirements of his or her membership category, or when the member is deemed to have misrepresented his/her membership of the Academy or acted in a way detrimental to the goals of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.

All membership issues, including changes to the rules and categories of membership, are under the sole authority of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame.


Induction process – vii. Language

The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is dual-language but despite efforts to harmonise Greek and English texts, there may sometimes be minor variances between the different language versions of instructions, rules, definitions and the conformity of nominees' biographies.

Whenever details or interpretations vary, the English-language version will apply for the purpose of resolving disputes.



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