Francis Vallat, Lloyds List Lifetime Achievement Award

QACE Director, Francis Vallat, is honored with the 2017 Lloyds List Lifetime Achievement Award.

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FIFTEEN OF THE world’s best in shipping were honoured at the 20th annual Lloyd’s List Global Awards at Britain’s National Maritime Museum in London last night.

The event culminated in the prestigious Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement award, which was accepted by Francis Vallat, president of the European Network of Maritime Clusters.The award recognised Mr Vallat’s lifetime dedication to raising the standard of shipping and promoting the case of safety world-wide.

“Over the past 20 years Lloyd’s List has bestowed its Lifetime Achievement accolade on some of the shipping industry’s most in uential leading lights, and this special anniversary award is very much a continuation of that tradition,” Lloyd’s List Managing Editor Richard Meade told the almost 400 attendees at the Global Awards.

As chairman and chief executive of the Dutch giant Van Ommeren, Mr Vallat gained a reputation for being a shrewd businessman, but he also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in national and international associations to call on international authorities to force shipowners to scrap their rust buckets. Mr Vallat worked within the European Maritime Safety Agency for over a decade, as well as several other national associations including Armateurs de France, to promote and enhance safety standards in shipping world-wide.

In his “spare time”, he co-founded the Cluster Maritime Français, gathering under his wing as chairman more than 400 companies and professional federations, and followed this with help to set up the European Network of Maritime Clusters. This has so far brought together 18 national clusters, and was chaired until 2015 by none other than Francis Vallat. Then last year, at the age of 70, the amboyant Frenchman took on a new role as president of the French arm of SOS Mediterranée, founded in 2015 by a group of Europeans determined to do what they could to alleviate the su ering of migrants leaving Libya in leaking boats.