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

Maritime Gateway - - South Asia Womens Forum -

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.

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