About the Commodore Award
The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization built by it's members for its members. It is an Association made of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and International trade.
Each year the CMA Board present the annual Commodore Award to an someone who has significantly contributed to the dynamism, growth and development of the maritime industry. The presentation takes place during the Gala Dinner, which never fails to provide a grand and fitting finale to what is always a spectacular event.
The Dinner each year brings together 800 members of the international community for a fun, respectful and often moving celebration of a deserving individual, reminding us all what makes the industry great.
Winner of the 2018 Commodore Award
The Year 2018 Commodore recipient was: Ms. Sabrina S. M. Chao, Executive Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited
Ms Chao follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. Sabrina has been involved in multiple aspects of the maritime industry, having worked in a number of corporations including Tanker International, Britannia P&I club, Bureau Veritas before joining her family maritime business Wah Kwong. Through her roles she has contributed both to the industry and local maritime community through her professional and personal endeavours, including her appointment as Chairperson at the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.
Winners of the Commodore Award
2017 John D. “Jack” Noonan, CEO, Chembulk Tankers
2016 Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav NV
2015 Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Founder, Tsakos Group
2014 Robert Bugbee, President & Director, Scorpio Tankers Inc. & Scorpio Bulkers Inc.
2013 Peter Evensen, President & CEO, Teekay Corporation
2012 Øivind Lorentzen, III, CEO, SEACOR Holdings Inc.
2011 Angeliki Frangou, Chairman & CEO, Navios Group of Companies
2010 Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, President, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group
2009 Capt. Wei Jiafu, President & CEO, COSCO Group
2008 John Fredriksen, Chairman, CEO & President, Frontline Ltd.
2007 Morten Arntzen, President & CEO, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.
2006 Torben G. Jensen, Chairman & CEO, The Clipper Group
2005 C. Sean Day, Chairman, Teekay Shipping Corporation
2004 Peter C. Georgiopoulos, Chairman & CEO, General Maritime Corporation
2003 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Chairman, easyGroup
2002 Frank Tsao, Group Chairman, IMC Group of Companies
2001 Marc Saverys, Managing Director, CMB
2000 Per Heidenreich, President, Heidenreich Marine
1999 Richard du Moulin, Chairman, Marine Transport, Corporation and Chairman, Intertanko
1998 William A. O’Neil, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization
1997 Gerhard E. Kurz, President, Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company
1996 Dr. Helmut Sohmen, Chairman, World-Wide Shipping Agency, Ltd. (HK)
1995 Gregory B. Hadjieleftheriadis, President, Eletson Corporation
1994 Thomas E. Moran, Chairman, Moran Towing Corporation
1993 Philip Loree, Chairman, Federation of American, Controlled Shipping
1992 George P. Livanos, Ceres Hellenic, George P. Livanos, Ceres Hellenic
1991 Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, Chairman, Stolt-Nielsen, Inc.
1990 Ole Skaarup, Chairman, Skaarup Shipping Corporation