Former InterManager President Roberto Giorgi has been awarded the title Newsmaker Of The Year in the annual Italian Shipping Awards.
In particular, Mr Giorgi’s championing of the rights of seafarers was praised as he received the award at a gala dinner in Italy recently.
Presenting the award to Genoan Mr Giorgi, Peter Attwater said: “Roberto Giorgi began his life in the industry at sea aboard cruise ships, and it is to his lasting credit that he has never forgotten that experience or the men and women that he sailed with in his early years. From that humble beginning he has risen to become president of V Ships, the world’s largest ship management company.
“Throughout his career, he has been a champion of seafarers’ rights, and of the advances in ship safety, on-board training and career-planning that have begun to change the life of the seafarer for the better over recent decades. He has also been at the forefront of efforts to combat criminalisation and piracy — the two scourges of life for those sailing international waters in this modern era.
“He has continued that fight this year, rallying support within the industry and lobbying outside the industry, while continuing to help pilot V.Ships through the economic storm. In raising issues that go to the heart of shipping’s current condition, and its future development, this proud Genoan has also carried the flag for Italy in international fora, adding his name to a long and proud tradition.”
InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski said: “We are delighted that Roberto has received this well-deserved reward. His work campaigning for seafarers’ rights has been of great benefit to both InterManager, ship managers and the shipping industry as a whole and we are pleased that his efforts have been recognised.”