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Panos and Thanassis Laskaridis awarded The “2018 Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award”
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, during the Luncheon of the Capital Link’s 9th Annual Greek Shipping Forum the “2018 Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award” was presented to Messrs. Panos Laskaridis & Athanasios Laskaridis respectively.
Mr. Panos Laskaridis, is the President of European Community Shipowners Associations; CEO, Lavinia Corporation/Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd. and
Mr. Athanasios Laskaridis, is the Chairman and CEO of Lavinia Corporation, Lavinia Enterprises Limited and Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd.

The award was given in recognition of their unique and extensive contribution to Shipping and Greece and for their overall outstanding service to the shipping industry made by made by each of them individually, by their family and by their companies.

The “Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award” is presented annually to a patriarch of the Greek Shipping Community who has gained the respect and the appreciation of the international shipping industry and who is also recognized for his wisdom, philanthropy and contribution to society. The Award aims to recognize the patriarchs of Greek Shipping, those pioneers with a significant contribution to elevating Greek Shipping to its leadership position globally.

Previous honorees were: in 2013 Captain Panagiotis N.Tsakos, 2014 Mr. Pericles Panagopoulos, 2015 Mr. Lambros Varnavides, Vice Chairman of the Baltic Exchange, Trustee of the Lloyds Register Foundation and Managing Director and Global Head of Shipping RBS 1998 to 2014, 2016 Messrs. Nicolas, George and Andreas Tsavliris of the Tsavliris Salvage Group and 2017, Professor Costas Th. Grammenos CBE DSc, LRF Chair in Shipping, Trade & Finance, Chairman, Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance, Cass Business School, City, University of London,

The Award Ceremony took place during the Official Luncheon of the Capital Link’s 9th Annual Greek Shipping Forum at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens. More than 500 high level participants attended the luncheon representing the elite of the financial and investment communities, as well business and government leaders from the United States, Greece and London.

Capital Link’s President, Mr. Nicolas Bornozis in his introductory Remarks mentioned: “It is an honor that today we presented the “Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award” to Messrs. Panos Laskaridis & Athanasios Laskaridis in recognition of their unique contribution to the shipping industry”.
Dr. George A. Gratsos - HELMEPA Chairman introducing Mr. Panos Laskaridis and mentioned“I know Panos Laskaridis since the 1980s. He is in every way a very accomplished individual in all aspects concerning the maritime field and a leading businessman. Among other distinctions, he also has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from leading world universities.
His C.V. is second to no one’s. He is very involved in international shipping matters being the current President of the European Community Shipowners Association, member of the executive committees and boards of many other international shipping related organizations and learned societies. He is also involved in many land based and tourist industries.
Importantly he is a great philanthropist who has devoted a lot of time and effort to improve health, education and access to knowledge of the disadvantaged. He is President of the Aikaterini Laskaridou Foundation and Library with its impressive collection of books, which provides, among others, educational programs and lectures to, mostly, young people by important scholars in the arts and sciences, in order to broaden their perspective on life and culture. Panos Laskaridis has also undertaken the repair of several of Greece’s historical lighthouses, upgraded Navy and Coastguard ships, has assisted in deep sea archeological explorations and has been involved in many philanthropic activities”.

Mr. Panos Laskaridis - President, European Community Shipowners Associations; CEO, Lavinia Corporation / Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd. In his speech mentioned:
“I am grateful to the organisers for this prestigious distinction.
I feel it reflects more on my lifelong friends and partners, my family and my brother rather on whatever people feel I have achieved.
For over 40 years I have devoted my life to ships, shipowning and shipmanagement.
I have been very lucky to meet and work with many excellent executives and shipowners, most of them more accomplished than myself, who have taught me all I know about the business .
Shipping is today very different from what it was when I first entered work 40 years ago. Since then, shipping has undergone a sea of change.
Regulation is one of the most important. Global versus regional regulation is another problem.
Environemental concerns and public pressures are also predominant as the business looks forward into developments that will shape shipping policies over the next 20-30 years.
This is the work of politicians and it is the duty of the shipping bodies to engage strongly in these challenging discussions.
European Shipping Policy is today dealing with many of the most important aspects of future policy and it is the duty of the shipping and shipowning community through their representative
Associations to actively pursue these discussions.
Greece is currently chairing the European Shipowners Association and we are trying to advance these discussion to the benefit of the entire shipping industry”.

Mr. Takis Arapoglou – Chairman, Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Ltd, introduced Mr. Athanasios Laskaridis by stating: “It is a great honour to be asked to introduce Thanassis Laskaridis, a close friend of four decades, on the occasion of the prestigious award presented to him by Capital Link. His remarkable success of heading today a broad array of businesses, ranging from shipping to real estate, entertainment and tourism spread around the globe, is a product of great vision and astuteness. Exceptionally well informed about a vast range of topics, he has never hesitated to openly express his views on all things that matter. Thanassis Laskaridis combines foresight and determination with realism in his decisions for every move. Hard working throughout his life, he always makes sure to be close to his family and loyal to his friends. His and his whole family’s focus to support good causes and to give back to the community, are an additional reason to warmly congratulate him, as well as to thank Capital Link for awarding him today this very special recognition”.

Mr. Takis Arapoglou, presented the Award to Mr. Odysseas Laskaridis, Managing Director- Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd., who addressed the audience and mentioned¨: ‘It is a privilege to be here today representing my family, and I can only hope to continue following in my father’s footsteps.’

Mr. Athanasios Laskaridis, Chairman & CEO, Lavinia Corporation, Lavinia Enterprises Limited and Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd. addressed the audience through a video-message mentioned: ‘’Global Shipping is at regulatory crossroads whose effects are so far unclear. The elements of uncertainty make this business yet again a most interesting and a most challenging one. Greek Shipping in particular , having made great progress despite all odds over the last ten years , now find itself in a rather advantageous position and with a substantially improved fleet at its disposal . Hardly however the time rest on one’s laurels when the entire Greek fleet is valued at about 100 billion US Dollars whilst at the same time many single multinational corporations are worth a multiple of this figure. Greek ship owners can and must do more in Greece to help our Country and seek to address socio economic imbalances , which are at the present time very negatively affecting the infinite success of capitalism worldwide. ‘’

source: NafsGreen