(STAMFORD, Conn.) — John C. Hadjipateras, chairman, CEO and president of Dorian LPG Ltd., has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) commodore for the year 2019.
Hadjipateras follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as commodore. The 2019 Commodore Award will be presented on April 4 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Conn.
The award is given each year to a person in the international maritime industry who has contributed to the growth and development of the industry.
Joe Gross, president of the CMA, upon making the announcement, stated, "John's lifelong passion for the industry, his deep and passionate engagement in every aspect that it takes to run a ship and shipping company safely and profitably are inspiring. So too have been the commercial insights that he and his team have demonstrated in finding the right commercial sectors for the time.
"While John and his family's commitment to our industry is inspiring, equally important to the CMA community is the fact that John and his company have participated in, contributed to, and just generally been terrific supporters of the association's existence and its educational objectives.
"In many respects he is the perfect Commodore – successful, supportive, passionate about the industry, and an acknowledged global leader – in our own backyard."
Hadjipateras serves as chairman of the board and as president and chief executive officer of Dorian LPG Ltd. Hadjipateras has been actively involved in the management of shipping companies since 1972. From 1972 to 1992, Hadjipateras was the managing director of Peninsular Maritime Ltd. in London and subsequently served as president of Eagle Ocean. He has served as a member of the board of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee of the Council of Intertanko and has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1972 and of the American Bureau of Shipping since 2011. He also served on the Board of Advisers of the faculty of language and linguistics of Georgetown University and is a trustee of Kidscape, a leading U.K. charity organization. He was a director of SEACOR Holdings Inc., a global provider of marine transportation equipment and logistics services, from 2000 until 2013. He is a longtime member and supporter of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA).
Former CMA commodores include: Ole Skaarup, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, George Livanos, Phil Loree, Thomas Moran, Gregory Hadjieleftheriadis, Helmut Sohmen, Gerhard Kurz, William O'Neil, Richard du Moulin, Per Heidenreich, Marc Saverys, Frank Tsao, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Peter Georgiopoulos, C. Sean Day, Torben Jensen, Morten Arntzen, John Fredriksen, Capt. Wei Jiafu, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Angeliki Frangou, Øivind Lorentzen, III, Peter Evensen, Robert Bugbee, Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos, Paddy Rodgers, Jack Noonan and in 2018 Sabrina Chao.