December 19, 2016

The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is pleased to announce details of its next major event which will take place in Athens on the evening of Monday 3 April 2017 at Megaron – the Athens Concert Hall. 

The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Dinner 2017 will be a gala dinner evening to celebrate Greek shipping and pay tribute to historic personalities who have helped to shape the industry. 

This prestigious event will include an exciting programme of content, including the unveiling of the latest Inductees to the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. The 2016 Inductees will join 24 ‘Greats’ already inducted into the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. 

The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is pleased to be an existing supporter of Hellenic Hope and a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the charity, focused on helping children at risk from the Greek crisis. 

We are grateful for the support of a number of leading organisations and companies that have already confirmed as sponsors of the 2017 Induction Ceremony, including ABS, the Liberian Registry and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. as Co-Lead Sponsors of the event. 

Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO comments: 

“The Greek Shipping Hall of Fame is an institution that reminds us of the deep level of innovation and achievement by the Greek shipping community and the impact it has made in shaping today’s global industry. The outstanding individuals it recognises epitomise the entrepreneurial spirit and inspire innovation that continues to drive shipping worldwide. 

“ABS is proud of its long association with Greek shipping and is pleased to support the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame”. 

Michalis Pantazopoulos, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Liberian Registry's Piraeus office, comments: 

"The relationship between the Greek shipping community and the Liberian Registry is one of the strongest, most successful and most enduring in the history of international shipping. 

“Today, the Liberian flag is the number one choice for the world's number one shipping nation. It is a relationship built on trust, loyalty and successful and innovative co-operation, with both Greece and the Liberian Registry continuing to display the leadership qualities which are essential to safe and successful operation in today's shipping industry. Liberia is proud to endorse its support for the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame." 

Wang Qi, Chairman of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, comments: 

“We are very pleased to continue our support of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame for a third year and to be part of this prestigious annual Induction Ceremony & Dinner. 

“Responding to the current difficulties faced by the shipping and shipbuilding industries, SWS is constantly innovating to maintain its position as a builder of first-class ships and offshore equipment for the most discerning international shipowners and oil majors. We pride ourselves on innovating in both green ship design and green shipbuilding. We are happy to announce SWS is entering the cruise ship industry and we look forward to building the first Chinese Vista-class cruise ship. 

“SWS remains committed to working with even more Hellenic clients and we are confident of providing excellence across an even broader range of vessels.”

The Induction Ceremony & Dinner at the Athens Concert Hall commences with a Welcome Drinks Reception sponsored by TMS Group, providing a perfect setting for leading personalities in the shipping business to catch up with each other. 

American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company is once again a key supporter of the event, as Dinner Sponsor. 

Premium Sponsors of the event are Aegean Marine Petroleum, The Baltic Exchange, Bureau Veritas, Moore Stephens and Thomas Miller. 

Sponsors so far include China Classification Society, ClassNK, DNV GL, Hellenic War Risks, Korean Register of Shipping, Marine Tours, Marsh, UK Defence Club, UK P&I Club and Vilmar International

The dinner-event will take place in the Megaron’s Banqueting Suite which has hosted many prestigious events including the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame’s public Inauguration Ceremony in 2013. 

Since then the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame has held highly-acclaimed major events in London in 2014 and in Athens in both 2015 and 2016. 

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