The in­dus­try came to­gether to cheer for the cham­pi­ons who made a dif­fer­ence in what­ever ser­vices they of­fer

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At one of the finest ball­rooms of the Lalit in Mum­bai, a cer­e­mony was held un­like any other in the city. It was the evening of 7th Septem­ber when the ship­ping greats came to­gether for the glitzy Gate­way Awards night. The mar­itime and lo­gis­tics com­mu­nity from all over 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.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ship­ping lines, ports, CFSS, ICDS and lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies 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 15 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 pa­ram­e­ters, and the main ef­fi­ciency in­di­ca­tors con­sid­ered were ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion, turn­around 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 con­tainer freight sta­tions. Through a de­tailed jury process, data re­ceived from the nom­i­nees was pro­vided to the jury com­mit­tee for re­view and col­la­tion. The panel then dis­cussed the eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria based on the ground rules and the win­ner was se­lected on the jury mem­ber vot­ing in­di­vid­u­ally.

The re­cip­i­ents ac­cepted these 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 In­dian Cricket Team Cap­tain and ace baller, Kapil Dev 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 crick­eter as he in­spired one and all through his gritty com­ments.

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. Mar­itime Gate­way con­grat­u­lates them all and thanks ev­ery­one who en­tered.

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