Nominations have been opened for the maiden Ghana Maritime & Shipping Awards.
Enteries will be collected online and through the dailies for validation and shortlisting.
Ghana Maritime & Shipping which is slated for March this year at the La Beach Hotel in Accra will honour deserving individuals and companies within the maritime industry in Ghana.
The Awards Panel and the independent event statisticians will validate all entries and submissions made by nominees.
Stakeholders in the maritime industry will have to complete their nomination forms at www.ghanamaritimeawards.com before January 29 2017.
The annual event being organized by Ninetyeightz Events is to among other things create the much needed platform for all stakeholders in the maritime industry to network and share ideas.
The awards will, for the first time, will recognize institutions, companies and individuals who have excelled in both the shipping and wider maritime industries, honoring deserving organizations that have distinguished themselves in the industry.
A special Awards Panel will be constituted to certify all awards winners for all categories.
There will be about 30 categories which will recognize exemplary performance in areas such as Environmental Protection, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marine Crewing & Manning, Maritime Logistics, Marine Research, as well as Safety & Security.
Some of the categories include Port & Terminal of the Year, Ship Owner/Operator of the Year, Marine Industry Supplier of the Year, Shipping Company of the Year, Terminal Operator of the Year, Marine Broker of the Year, Ship Manager of the Year, Shipyard/Ship Repair Facility of the Year and Ship Agency of the Year.
Others are Freight Forwarder of the Year, Classification Society of the Year, Marine Tourism & Leisure Operator of the Year, Marine Bank of the Year, Marine Insurer of the Year and Maritime Law Firm of the Year.
There will be honourary awards for selected pioneers and operators in the industry.