The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Capt Chris Rodricks has been awarded a prestigious Life Time Achievement Award at the Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards. Chris, recently appointed as IMCA’s business development adviser for the Middle East & India, was presented with the honour by the principal guest at the event Mohammed Ibrahim Alqahthani of Saudi Aramco.
The Indywood Maritime Excellence Awards are organised in association with the International Maritime Club and are designed to recognise and facilitate efforts made by maritime organisations and personalities towards the development of their sector.
IMCA’s CEO, Allen Leatt, said: “We are delighted that Chris Rodricks has been awarded this richly deserved Life Time Achievement Award.
“As the citation stresses, the Lifetime Achievement Awards recognise the contributions of an individual over the whole of a career, rather than – or in addition to – single contributions.”
Chris Rodricks said: “It’s a great honour to be presented with this award and I was both surprised and delighted when my name was announced. It was a very proud moment to receive the award for doing something that has given me so much enjoyment for so many years.”
The award ceremony took place on 2 December at the largest studio complex in the world, the Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad and was supported by the Investors Consortium, Made in India and Invest India, as well as the Government of Telangana.
About Chris Rodricks
Chris has been involved with the maritime industry since he joined the India Steamship Company in 1971 as a young Cadet. Promotion to become the company’s youngest Master took place in 1979.
Working with Essar Shipping from 1984-1994 saw him heavily involved with dynamic positioned DSVs both as Master and then as Deputy General Manager, before moving to their Oil and Gas Division as General Manager where he was in charge of pipelay and construction barges. He was also Project Manager for India’s first platforms on the East Coast of the country.
A move to GAL Offshore in 1994 saw him in complete charge of construction barges and anchor handling tugs, turnkey projects and starting a diving division.
In 1997 he moved to Seabulk Offshore as a Country Manager; and was subsequently promoted to South Asia Manager. Then, moving from Mumbai to Dubai he became Operations Manager for the entire fleet of over 90 vessels working between Vietnam and Egypt.
The move to Seamec as their Chief Operating Officer took place in early 2003; he was promoted to Managing Director in 2005 – a post he retained until his retirement earlier this year. During his time with the company he doubled the size of their fleet and reorientated the company from working only in India to a global player with vessels deployed to Mexico, West Africa, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Far East.