Coveted international award for Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama
Over 350 of the maritime industry's key players united for an evening
of celebration and networking recently as the award winners were
announced at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Seatrade Global
Awards Ceremony Dinner in the presence of IMO Secretary-General, Koji
Sekimizu, Chairman of the panel of judges of the Seatrade Awards in the
surroundings of London's Guildhall in the UK.
Chairman SLPA Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama receives the Seatrade
Young Person in Shipping Award 2013 at the Seatrade Global
Awards Ceremony 2013.
The members of the maritime community celebrated the outstanding
contributions made over the last year for safe, efficient and
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Dr. Priyath B.
Wickrama won the coveted accolade - Seatrade Young Person in Shipping
Award 2013. The award is presented to an individual under 40, who has
made an outstanding contribution to the industry. A few days ago, Dr.
Wickrama was also elected the third Vice President of the International
Association of Ports and Harbors Asia/Oceania region in Los Angeles,
Dr. Wickrama has been the Chairman of the SLPA since 2008, boosting
the hub status of Sri Lanka's maritime arena with his innovative
ideology and exemplary business mindset. Strengthening his capacity, he
is bestowed with a Doctorate in Operations Management by the
International University of America in the United Kingdom.
A graduate of the University of Moratuwa with a BSc Honours in
Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Wickrama has a broad vicinity of blending
his engineering concepts in to the maritime perspective.
Exploiting that capability, he is leading the two mega port
development projects carried out in Sri Lanka's history of shipping;the
Mahinda Rajapaksa Port development in Hambantota and the Colombo Port
Expansion Project to set up a competitive platform in the South Asian
region by venturing into new market opportunities.
Dr. Wickrama was recognised as the most Outstanding Young Person in
Sri Lanka 2010 by HSBC for Economic Accomplishments. In 2011, he was
awarded as the Most Outstanding Citizen by the International Association
of Lions Clubs for the renowned leadership demonstrated in the field of
outstanding constructions for national development and also received the
Young Person of Sea Trade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Award.
At the Seatrade Global Awards Ceremony 2013, 11 awards were presented
to international maritime personalities. The prestigious Lifetime
Achievement Award was presented to Chairman, China Shipping (Group)
Company Li Shaode.
A special Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy, which was awarded to
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, UAE
was accepted on his behalf by Abdulrahman Al-Mutaiwee, UAE Ambassador to
the UK. The IMO 2013 themed award: Sustainable Development - IMO's
contribution beyond Rio+20, in support of the IMO's theme for World
Maritime Day 2013 was awarded to AP Moller Maersk. The Seatrade Global
Performer 2013 Award presented to Saleh N Al-Jasser, CEO, Bahri
recognises the recent merger between the National Shipping Company of
Saudi Arabia and Vela. The winner of the Safety at Sea category was
ClassNK and the award was collected by Noboru Ueda, Chairman and
President of the Japanese classification society.
The winner of the Clean Shipping category was W R Systems Ltd and the
honour was received by David Edwards, President and COO of the company.
Winner of the Innovation in Ship Operations was Lankhorst Ropes and the
award was received by Steven Wardenier, Commercial Director. The winner
of the Investment in People award was Maritime Skills Alliance, received
by Nigel Palmer, OBE, Chairman of the alliance.