THE GATEWAY AWARDS 2018 WHERE THE CHAMPIONS ARE AWARDED
The industry came together to cheer for the champions who made a difference in whatever services they offer
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.