Gulftainer Boss Wins Excellence Award


Peter Richards, Managing Director of Gulftainer, the largest privately-owned, independent port operator in the world, has been awarded the Golden Helm Excellence Award 2015 in the Trade and Export category by Sharjah’s International Maritime Club (IMC).

Peter Richards said: “Gulftainer has recorded consistent growth over the past decade. 2015 has been a particularly exciting year for Gulftainer and myself, as we saw a major milestone with the opening of the company’s Canaveral Cargo Terminal, following its expansion to the USA, with a 35-year concession at Port Canaveral, in Florida.

“We have placed a strong focus on developing the maritime industry in the region by providing high level operations to international standards, and it is an honour to see our efforts recognised by our industry peers with this award.”

The IMC Golden Helm Excellence Awards recognises individuals whose outstanding career achievements in shipping, marine, offshore, and oil and gas fields have earned them national or international prominence; a special emphasis is placed on those who have been leading their way to improve the Middle East maritime sector.

Sohan Roy, President of the IMC, said: “Peter Richards has demonstrated commitment and vision, as well as entrepreneurial maturity, underpinned by Gulftainer’s growth and its contribution to Sharjah’s development as a logistics hub.

“With these awards we aim to identify the greatest in the industry every year. Peter Richards’ outstanding trade and export achievements throughout the years, alongside his ability to build strategic alliances and to surround himself with talented people in pursuit of success for all, made him the perfect candidate for this year’s award.”

Besides Canaveral, Gulftainer’s current portfolio covers operations in the United Arab Emirates at Khorfakkan Port and Port Khalid in Sharjah, as well as activities at Umm Qasr in Iraq, Recife in Brazil, Jeddah and Jubail in Saudi Arabia and in Tripoli Port in Lebanon, which will be operational in Q4, 2015.

Fact File: Gulftainer is the largest privately-owned, independent port operator in the world.  Established in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE in 1976, Gulftainer is a rapidly expanding, dynamic port and logistics company now operating in various parts of the world. 

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