An Evening Worth the wait!
This is the evening the industry comes together to cheer for the champions who pushed the boundaries in whatever services they offer
The evening of 7th September was like none other. At one of Lalit's finest Ballroom's shipping greats came together for the glitzy Gateway Awards ceremony. The sea men and shore from all of the country came dressed in their finest best of greys and blues and the growing tribe of ladies in the shipping business painted the hall with their bright hues. This was the evening the industry chose to celebrate with their colleagues and peers for carrying the industry through successfully for another year.
The gathering cheered for the champions who through their perseverance pushed the boundaries in everything from customer service, new products to using technology to disrupt the way business is done. It was a night where the industry stood up together to celebrate excellence, innovation and best practice across the sector.
About 16 award categories were enlisted and all Indian maritime companies were invited to nominate their business entities for evaluation by the Gateway Awards Jury. The parameters for business growth that were considered for shortlisting were volume growth, asset growth, productivity, and the main efficiency indicators were capacity utilisation, turn around time and dwell time of vessels. The other main indicators to net awards were innovation and investment to improve customer service, improvement in connectivity to ports and CFSS. Through a detailed jury process, data received from the nominees was reviewed and the winners were selected on the jury member voting individually. International tax and audit firm EY examined all data received.
The recipients accepted the awards to a thunderous applause and many a standing ovation. Once the awards were given and just when everyone thought it was over, one person made a grand entry and elevated the level of the awards ceremony a notch higher. Former Shipping Minister Shatrughan Sinha walked on the red carpet and the majesty of his persona added the glitz to the ceremony. As he took to the stage, the gathering cheered loudly for their star who was instrumental in ensuring the shipping industry was rid of many deficiencies during his time as Shipping Minister. In his address, he inspired others to achieve the same lofty heights of achievement.
The awards evening may now be over but our Gateway Awardees will be justly entitled to bask in the glow of their success for the next 12 months until their peers up the benchmark higher to qualify and bag next years awards. A terrific night of celebration marked out a superb set of winners.