Meet our Judges

A panel of judges, made up leading figures from all over the shipping industry, will review competitors submissions throughout the stages of the competition.

Dr Grahaeme Henderson - Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited

Dr Grahaeme Henderson is responsible for Shell’s international shipping and maritime activities, including ships, barges, drilling units, floating production facilities and related operations. His work spans Shell’s entire business across upstream, downstream, projects and construction.

Grahaeme is the Chairman of the 'Investing in a Safer Tomorrow' judging panel.


Andrew Bardot - CEO of International Group

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Group of P&I Clubs in February 2006. Andrew is responsible for co-ordination of the collective activities of the International Group member Clubs including the internal organisation of the Group activities, co-ordinating the formulation and development of Group policies, the operation of the Group large claims pooling and reinsurance arrangements and the representation of the Group at inter-industry, government and intergovernmental levels.


Angus Frew - Secretary General of BIMCO

Angus Frew is the Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer at BIMCO.

BIMCO – which was founded under the title of "The Baltic and White Sea Conference" in Copenhagen in 1905 was the first organisation to see the benefit in joining forces with other countries to secure better deals and standard agreements in shipping.

BIMCO is now the world’s largest international shipping association, with more than 2,100 members globally. providing a wide range of services to a global membership – which includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.


Nicholas Inglessis - President of Samos Steamship Co

Nicholas Inglessis is the President of Samos Steamship Co and currently Chairman of the UK P&I Club.

Nicholas has been a Director of the UK Club since 2005 and was elected Deputy Chairman in 2012, being elected as Club Chairman in 2018.


Masamichi Morooka - President & CEO Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation

Masamichi Morooka is President and CEO of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP), the official operating company for the Keihin ports serving Yokohama and Kawasaki and is tasked with the management of integrated operations at container terminals in the Yokohama and Kawasaki area.


Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen - CEO of DNV GL

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is the CEO of DNV GL Maritime. Having a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen joined DNV GL in 1990 and has been a member of their Executive Committee since 2010.


Esben Poulsson - Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping

Esben Poulsson is Chairman of The International Chamber of Shipping, the London based Association representing approximately 80% of the world fleet. The Organization, founded in 1921, consists of 35 National Shipping Association members and 11 Associate Members.


Hugo Wynn-Williams - Chairman of Thomas Miller

A member of the Thomas Miller Holdings Board since incorporation in 1999, Hugo was elected Chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings in June 2009 in which capacity he also has oversight of a number of Thomas Miller’s international businesses.  He is also Chairman of the Thomas Miller Agency and Insurance Services division; Thomas Miller Claims Management and a number of other subsidiaries of Thomas Miller.


Stage 1

Stage 1

Basic information regarding your concept for shipping safety innovation and how it could improve safety in the industry. The initial pitch should include the following details:

How will my idea be evaluated?

Proof of concept

A description of the idea (max 1500 words)

Graphic visualisation

Image/graphic or photo visualisation representing the idea

Assessment of your initial idea based on 

  • Originality of concept?
  • Simplicity to implement/teach?
  • How relevant is the idea to:
    • Shipping industry
    • Safety
  • What might the potential value of the idea to the industry be – will it save lives? Prevent accidents? Make operations safer?
Stage 2

Stage 2

After assessment by the Club of the initial concepts, a shortlist of competitors will be announced and invited to meet with the Club’s Loss Prevention team, master mariners and business leaders to discuss how to push ideas forward.

The shortlist competitors will then have an additional 4 months to complete their ideas and produce a video / whitepaper / presentation for final judging and prize award at the UK Club’s 150th Gala Dinner.

Applications for Stage 1 are closed


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