Organisers of the Ghana Shippers Awards have scheduled July 25 to end nominations for the 5th edition of the Awards.

The award which provides a platform to recognise individuals and companies that play significant roles in the growth and development of the shipping industry also seeks to recognize key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.

Themed “The negative impact and survival of COVID-19 on the maritime and shipping industry,” this year’s awards which is being chaired by the Minister of Transport, Mr Kweku Ofori Asiamah would focus on the negative impact of the pandemic on industry and measures put in place to survive them.

The ceremony, which is scheduled for August 19, at the Kempiski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra at 6 pm, would recognise achievements from local and international companies involved in the shipping sector in Ghana.

It would also reward those that have played a defining role in moving the shipping industry forward during the COVID and post-COVID periods.

The awards cut across road transportations, ocean carriers, air transportation, freight forwarding, shipping agents, express services, courier agencies, government agencies, insurance and financial institution and more.

The Awards will also provide the perfect opportunity for participating organisations to raise their profile within the context of this important industry, gain peer recognition and further heighten their visibility with the professional audience.

The benchmarks for shortlisted nominees’ performance will be based on some key performance indicators (KPIs) in the standards of excellence, including information technology for couriers, safety and competitive pricing.

Shortlisted nominees would weigh above the scores and survey done by the Ghana Shippers Authority, who are major partners and handling the technical aspects of the awards.

Among the categories are; Container Line of  the Year, International Express Operator of the Year, Break Bulk Operator of the Year, Air freight Solutions Provider of the Year,  Sea Freight Solutions Provider of the Year, Project/Heavy lift Forwarder of the Year, Road Haulier of the Year, Air Cargo Carrier of the Year, Life Time Achievement Award, Shipping line Operator of the Year, Overall Shipping Company of the Year, Domestic Courier Service Provider of the Year, Freight Forwarder of the Year, Customer Service Award, Excellence in HSEQ Award,

Other categories include; Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, Promising Forwarding/Shipping Company of the Year, Young Freight Forwarder of the Year, Terminal/Port of the Year, Environmental Sustainability Awards, Marine Service Provider of the Year, Excellence in Innovation and Technology, Maritime Personality of the Year, Maritime Institution of the Year, Brand of the Year, Special Recognition Awards, Marine Insurer of the Year, Shipping Financial Service Provider of the Year, Logistics Service Provider of the Year, Consultancy Service of the Year.

To qualify for an award, interested participants should complete a form and for more information.