The OMIS Award Unveils International Panel of Judges, As Ify Akerele, Blédé Make List

The Maritime and Offshore Award (The OMIS) has unveiled an international panel of judges for its inaugural edition.

Chief Executive Officer of the The OMIS Award, Femi Da-silva disclosed this in a statement released on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the four-member panel comprising maritime experts from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Greece was to increase the credibility of the award and ensure only the most qualified nominees win.

Da-silva identified the judges as: Dr. Ify Akerele, a Nigerian and pioneer Director General of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS); Colonel Barthélemy Blédé, an Ivorian maritime expert currently serving as Liaison Officer with the Regional Centre for Maritime Safety and Security in West Africa (CRESMAO); Mohamed Tayel, an Egyptian subsea Integrity Engineer with more than 20 years’ experience; and Christos Michalopoulos, a Greek Naval Architect and ISPS Lead Auditor.

Da-silva explained that the award was conceived to recognise and celebrate excellence in the maritime and offshore sector.

He urged stakeholders to nominate deserving maritime practitioners and organisations in the 15 categories open for nomination on the award website.

The OMIS Award boss equally announced a two-week extension to the nomination deadline for the award.

He said that the organising committee deemed an extension necessary to give ample time for more nominees to join the already swelling nomination pool.

Da-silva said, “More than 300 nominations have been received so far since the nomination process commenced in the first week of March on www.theomisaward.com.

“However, we have been getting calls and messages from many stakeholders requesting an extension. Many of those that reached us said that they learnt about the award late and would like more time to be able to nominate.

“The organising committee deliberated on the requests and thought it wise to extend nomination by two weeks.”

He added that nomination now ends on April 15.

The Award Gala is slated for July 16 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

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