West Coast Connie Awards Presented

West Coast Connie Awards Presented

Ron Widdows, group president and chief executive officer of NOL, and Jon Hemingway, chief executive officer and president of SSA Marine/Carrix, received the 2010 West Coast Connie Awards at a dinner Thursday in Long Beach.

The Containerization and Intermodal Institute sponsors the Connie Awards to recognize individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the evolution of container shipping.

A fixture in New York since 1972, the Connie Awards were extended to the West Coast in 2009 and will now be an annual event there as well. The ceremony also marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Containerization and Intermodal Institute.

By The Numbers: NOL's APL Container Operations.

Widdows was recognized for his 40 years in the maritime industry, the past 30 being with APL. Widdows has held various executive positions at APL, which is now part of NOL. APL, under his leadership, introduced game-changing innovations in container shipping such as the post-Panamax vessel and double-stack trains.

Widdows was also recognized for his leadership in industry organizations, including his work as chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement and Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement. These carrier discussion groups under Widdows have attempted to build closer relationships with cargo interests through the sharing of trade data and cargo projections.

The NOL executive said he has attempted to "move the carrier part of the industry to engage with the people we serve." Until recently, Widdows said, "we haven't been a very transparent bunch as an industry."

Hemingway in 1985 left the largest law firm in Seattle to join the family stevedoring business. He was named general counsel of SSA in 1987 and president and CEO in 1991.

In addition to its core terminal operating and stevedoring business, SSA under Hemingway established Rail Management Services to operate intermodal rail facilities and Tideworks Technology to develop information systems for terminal operations.

SSA in 1994 began its international expansion with the establishment of the Manzanillo International Terminal in Colon, Panama. Hemingway said SSA Marine has been able to maintain stable employment and management for the company, even in difficult economic times, by creating new opportunities through the expansion of its operations.

-- Contact Bill Mongelluzzo at bmongelluzzo@joc.com.