Port of the Year Judges

Port of the Year Judges

Peter joined the Merchant Navy Welfare Board in 2002, having served 26 years in the Royal Navy, working his way through the ranks to Lieutenant Commander. Both a Seaman Officer and specialist Physical Training and Recreation Officer, he served in numerous ships ranging from fishery protection vessels to frigates. He also served as RN Executive Officer and Deputy Queen's Harbour Master in Gibraltar.

A widely experienced and highly qualified professional Project Manager (Prince2, NEBOSH, IT), accomplished event organiser and practised instructor, his career has always been heavily involved in charitable and welfare activities. Awarded the MBE in 1998 for his endeavours in the maritime sector, Peter continues to work on collaborative and innovative projects to benefit seafarers' welfare. He was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2013 for services to seafarer's welfare.

Peter is currently the Chief Executive of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.

As a Senior Executive for leading international charitable foundations, and consultant to maritime charities, Kimberly Karlshoej has been at the forefront of the development of strategy, procedures and governance arrangements for a wide range of non-profit organisations. With extensive expertise in the management of programmes and grant-making, she has also been involved in wide-ranging international activity, high-level institutional engagement and numerous representational roles. She combines personal warmth and compassion with an agile intellect, an unflagging work ethic and influencing, problem-solving and communications skills of the highest order.

Kimberly has a unique background as the eldest daughter of the founder of Teekay Corporation, Torben Karlshoej, and has a background in both nursing and psychology before founding the TK Foundation in 2002.

Kimberly was appointed as the head of the ITF Seafarerss Trust, a UK based charity with the aim of improving the wellbeing of maritime workers, in 2014.

Kimberly is now working as a Consultant to the ITF Seafarers' Trust.

Capt. Pradeep Chawla joined Sea, 1974 as Deck Cadet. He sailed on various ship types and attained the rank of Master in 1986. He started in a shore job in 1992 in Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.

Capt. Chawla is presently working as Managing Director, QHSE and Training for Anglo-Eastern Univan Group. Anglo-Eastern Group manages over 600 ships and employs 27,000 staff at sea and over 1,700 people ashore.

In 1992 he authored and published a book on’Safety at Sea’ in Hindi and Tagalog.

He is serving as an invited member in the Hong Kong Fleet Operations Advisory Committee (HKFOAC) and works as a “Competent Person” for IMO. He is the present Chairman of Global MET Association.

He is a member of the Intertanko Human Element, The Standard Club Safety and Loss Advisory Committee – Asia and The Manning and Training Committee of Hong Kong Shipowners Association. He contributes to various other industry forums and committees and is a frequent speaker in various international conferences.

He is an Ex-Vice-President and Council member of Nautical Institute, UK.