Secretary General of Danish Maritime Days and former Maersk and NOL top executive Flemming R Jacobs was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2015 in London last night (Thursday).
Industry leaders gathered for the most esteemed awards ceremony in shipping, the Lloyd’s List Global Awards, at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The evening paid tribute to this year’s most outstanding achievements in the maritime industry within innovation, ship and port operation, training, corporate social responsibility and much more.
The independent panel of renowned industry judges convened by Lloyd’s List reasons the appointment with his involvement on some of the most significant decisions in shipping’s recent history, not least being instrumental in taking the mighty Maersk into the container age just as he has personally mentored, trained, and yes inspired a generation of industry leaders over the years, first at Maersk, then at Neptune Orient Lines and through the myriad board level and advisory roles that he has held in pretty much every shipping space you care to think of.
Mr Jacobs said: “Being humble is exactly how I feel in accepting this award. I know that it has come thanks to the fantastic teams and colleagues I have had the benefit of working with over the years. I have learned to appreciate the values of many cultures and nationalities and the strengths coming from bringing all together for a common purpose and goal. The years also taught me to understand that standing still is not an option – and I am far from having hung up my boots yet.”
The award ceremony meant a small break together with his wife, Ing-Marie Jacobs, from the preparations for the second Danish Maritime Forum, which brings together ministers, top executives and experts in Copenhagen on 7th-8th October to discuss the future of the global maritime industry.