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Maritime champion Kathy Metcalf honoured by Lloyd’s List

The award will be handed to Ms Metcalf during the Lloyd’s List Americas Awards and Future Fuels Forum, a unique event that will recognise excellence in shipping and explore the opportunities and challenges that new fuels will bring to the industry in the coming decades

A one-time deck officer will be presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the Lloyd’s Americas Awards in Houston

KATHY Metcalf, president and chief executive of the Chamber of Shipping of America, has been selected by Lloyd’s List’s awards judges to receive recognition for Lifetime Achievement. Judges applauded her career spanning both sea- and shore-time, regulatory and policy issues, government and industry.

They particularly highlighted Ms Metcalf’s passion for raising awareness of the maritime business both in the United States and overseas. Joe Farrell of Resolve Marine came a very close second, followed by Jorge Quijano, former administrator of Panama Canal Authority.

A full list of finalists for all categories in the awards is expected to be announced next week.

Ms Metcalf is a 1978 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy (BS in Marine Transportation and Nautical Sciences) and a 1988 graduate of the Delaware Law School. She served in various positions in the energy industry, including as a deck officer  on board large ocean-going tankers, marine safety and environmental director, corporate regulatory and compliance manager and state government affairs manager. 

She joined the Chamber of Shipping of America in 1997, serving as director of maritime affairs, until being appointed chief executive officer in June 2015. The Chamber is a maritime trade association which represents a significant number of US-based companies that own, operate or charter tankers, container ships, and other merchant vessels engaged in both the domestic and international trades. 

Speaking after she was appointed an Ambassador for Wista International, Ms Metcalf said it was vital to promote the maritime industry “at all levels of educational systems globally.”

The award will be handed to Ms Metcalf during the Lloyd’s List Americas Awards and Future Fuels Forum, a unique event that will recognise excellence in shipping and explore the opportunities and challenges that new fuels will bring to the industry in the coming decades.

A panel of experts from vessel operations, classification, legal, and technology will address the risks still in play in fuelling the shipping industry post-2020 and whether the decarbonisation pathway is fact or fantasy.

The afternoon event will be held on September 25 at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Book here to attend.

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