Costa Concordia Crew Members voted as “Seafarer of the Year” at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2012

London, September 27th 2012 – The Costa Concordia crew members won the Seafarer of the Year award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2012.

The awards ceremony was held at the London’s Lancaster Hotel at a gala evening attended by international shipping industry leaders. The Seafarer of the Year award 2012 was officially delivered to a delegation of Costa Concordia crew members—composed of Sheila Canlas, Assistant Bar Manager and Janice Aguda, Waitress—together with Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman of the Board of Costa Crociere S.p.A., Alessandro Centrone, Vice President Corporate Human Resources of Costa Crociere S.p.A., Marlon Roño, President of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and Alexandra Maxwell Cecala, Head of Innovation Department of A. Magsaysay, Inc.

Magsaysay is the leading human resource provider of the global cruise lines and hospitality industries, managing two Costa Cruises training schools, one in Indonesia and one in the Philippines. 

The Seafarer of the Year award was given to the Costa Concordia crew members for the following reasons: “When the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef off the island of Giglio on January 13, international attention inevitably focused on the actions of the master. But what was largely missed in the media storm that ensued were the genuine examples of bravery and professionalism displayed by members of the crew. There were 4,229 people on board the vessel at the time of the casualty and while the tragic loss of life caused by this regrettable incident will rightly be the subject of forensic investigations for some time to come, it should not be forgotten that without the skilled response of the majority of the crew, the loss of life could have been far higher. Our judges this year concurred with the view of Filipino crewing suppliers Magsaysay who nominated their crew aboard but also wanted to acknowledge the bravery of others, that the actions of the professional and honorable seafarers that night should be publically recognized.”

The Seafarer of the Year award recognizes the skill, bravery and professionalism that the industry’s seafarers demonstrate on a daily basis. It’s addressed to crew members of all ranks who have shown leadership, courage and vision while onboard. Nominations come from individuals or shipping companies putting forward any member of the crew, from ratings to masters. The 2012 Seafarer of the Year award was sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, one of the most important maritime classification societies in the world.

Lloyd’s List Global Awards is the shipping industry's most acclaimed, credible and well-supported honor. It is hosted annually by Lloyd’s List, the London-based daily which is the oldest and most prestigious newspaper for the global shipping community, and was set up to recognize standards of excellence and achievement in the international maritime industry.

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