The Seahorse Freight Association recognised excellence in journalism across the transport and logistics industry at its annual awards ceremony, held for the first time in four years and attended by over 160 guests, in London, UK on 7th December.
Prizes were awarded in ten categories including maritime, air, overland, technology, multipurpose, and supply chain journalist of the year, as well as rising star, news, feature, and journalist of the year.
Seahorse awarded its Personality of the Year Award to Valeria Ihnatenko from Antonov Airlines and its Lifetime Achievement Award to Portcare International’s Peter Owen, a past chairman of Seahorse.
“It is great to be back after four years, and we are so pleased to have received over 120 high-quality entries from journalists all over the globe specialising in different sectors for this year’s awards,” said Emma Murray, Seahorse Chair, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meantime Communications.
“But we must not take that great reporting for granted. It is time we energised as a community to actively encourage the NextGen of writers to join our industry.
“And the Seahorse community is in a unique position to do just that.”
Murray said the Association, which recently registered as a not-for-profit organisation run by a new committee, was inviting ideas to help encourage new reporters to join the industry.
Winning reports appeared in titles including Wall Street Journal, The Loadstar, Lloyd’s List, TradeWinds, Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International (HLPFI), Journal of Commerce, Logistics Manager, FreightWaves, S&P Global, Drapers Magazine, and Port Technology International.
The awards were judged by 22 industry professionals from across the globe and drawn from all transport modes, as well as supply chain, technology, public relations, and journalism.
The panel included a 50/50 split of men and women, and a range of ages and experience.
The independent judging panel did not include any sponsor representatives, and no Seahorse Committee members took part.
“We hope that by including so many different professionals, we have not only ensured a robust and fair judging system, but also shone a light on the incredible and diverse industry that we work in and, by doing so, helped to inspire young professionals already in the industry, or curious about joining,” said Murray.
The Awards were backed by sponsors including AAL Shipping, who took the lead sponsorship, as well as Associated British Ports (ABP), the TT Club, Alliance Ground International (AGI), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Lloyd’s Register, Rock-it Global, Awery Aviation Software, Kale Logistics Solutions, Davies Turner, International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), and Inmarsat.
The Seahorse Awards have been running annually for over 30 years and recognise and celebrate the best writing across the industry.
Seahorse was launched in 1962 with the aim of bringing together journalists, PR companies, and industry thought leaders in a relaxed environment to network and grow business.
This year, Seahorse has relaunched as a not-for-profit organisation with a new committee, including Emma Murray, Founder and CEO, Meantime Communications, Annie Roberts, Divisional Director, DVV Media International Ltd, Alex Lennane, Publisher, Journalist and Director, The Loadstar, Sue Terpilowski, Managing Director, Image Line, and Russ Green, Managing Director, RTG Communications.
Full list of winners below:
Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Iain MacIntyre, Freelance/Boardroom
Winner: Richard Meade, Lloyd’s List
Sponsored by: Lloyd’s Register
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Peter Owen
Personality of the Year
Winner: Valeria Ihnatenko
News Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Greg Knowler, Journal of Commerce (S&P Global)
Winner: Constantinos Paris, Wall Street Journal
Sponsored by: Kale Logistics Solutions
Feature Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: David Kershaw, Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International
Winner: Phillip Hastings, Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International
Sponsored by: ABP
Air Cargo Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Eric Kulisch, FreightWaves
Winner: Megan Ramsay, Freelance
Sponsored by: Alliance Ground International
Maritime Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Max Lin, S&P Global
Winner: Felicity Landon, Freelance
Sponsored by: ABS
Overland Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Nick Savvides, The Loadstar
Winner: Greg Knowler, Journal of Commerce (S&P Global)
Sponsored by: Davies Turner
Supply Chain Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Isabella Fish, Drapers
Winner: Gavin van Marle, The Loadstar
Sponsored by: Rock-it Global
Technology Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Lacey Jones, Container Management
Winner: Paul Berrill, TradeWinds/TW+
Sponsored by: Awery Aviation Software
Multipurpose Cargo Logistics Journalist of the Year
Highly Commended: Megan Ramsay, Freelance
Winner: David Kershaw, Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International
Sponsored by: AAL Shipping
Rising Star of the Year
Highly Commended: Jack Donnelly, Port Technology International
Winner: Michelle Mooney, Logistics Manager
Sponsored by: TT Club