EU NAVFOR wins Lloyd’s List Innovation AwardSeptember 11, 2009 - 14:45
On Wednesday 9 September, the winners of the Lloyd’s List Global Awards were presented wtih their trophies at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. EU NAVFOR was presented with the Lloyds List Innovation Award for the excellent contribution they give to security and safety of Merchant ships in the Gulf of Aden by hosting the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) website www.mschoa.org.
There were a number of other award categories, for example Training Award, Shipping Lawyer of the year, Shipmaster of the Year, Safety at Sea etc. EU NAVFOR won the category “Innovation” that complements the previous award for the MSCHOA website that EU NAVFOR received from Safety at Sea International Awards in June 2009.
The web-based service has been created to assist ships that transit the Gulf of Aden, Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin, to provide assurance against piracy in the region by coordinating maritime forces to protect shipping. It has been developed in consultation with the IMB, IMO, UKMTO and Merchant Navy Liaison Officers.
Captain (N) Richard Farrington of the EU NAVFOR received the Award from the master of ceremonies Alistair Campbell and stated:
“We are delighted with this prestigious award. European Union Naval Force, EU NAVFOR, the first European Union maritime naval force is working alongside with our colleagues from NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and several navies to combat piracy. MSCHOA is an important tool in our efforts to work closely with industry and supports our aim to protect shipping and deter, prevent and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali basin.”
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