Capt. Haleem gets world’s most prestigious shipping award

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:
Speakers and shipping experts have paid glowing tributes to one of the pioneers of Pakistan’s ports and shipping industry, Captain Haleem A Siddiqui on receiving
“Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards in a graceful ceremony organised by various shipping and stevedoring associations. Capt Haleem has been conferred this prestigious award recently in Dubai. Haleem A Siddiqui got this award on recognition of his lifelong services in development and growth of shipping and ports in Pakistan.
Former Director Ports and Shipping, Capt Anwar Shah while paying him tributes said that “The Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards recognized many who had contributed to the changing nature of the shipping industry, with new awards given to the outstanding individuals shaping some of these changes and to the companies driving change with their training, environmental and humanitarian projects”. He said that Capt Haleem as a matter fact on eof the pioneers of Pakistan’s shipping industry and his services are unforgettable.
In his welcome address, the Director Marine Group, Capt. Asim Siddqi said that Captain Haleem Ahmad Siddiqui, currently Chairman Marine Group of Companies, has dedicated last 55 years of his life to maritime industry. He started his career in merchant navy in 1959 as a cadet officer and went on to obtain his Master Mariner certification in 1968 from UK. He sailed in command till 1971. Captain Siddiqui has a unique experience of serving as an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan twice (1993-2002), Federal Minister for Communications & Shipping, and as Federal Minister of State for Water & Power, Government of Pakistan. He said that Lloyds List Award to his father is actually an honour for Pakistan.
Asim further said that in the last 50 years of its existence, the Marine Group, starting with a small stevedoring company, has established itself as leading shipping and logistics service provider in the country, offering a wide range of services, including maritime services; stevedoring; terminal operations; forwarding global logistics. He thanked all those who specially admired the services of his father. Former Chief Justice, SHC, Shaiq Usmani said that professinals like Haleem Sidddqi are born in centuries. He said that his services to nation as master mariner. Speaking on the occasion Capt Haleem said that inspiration, support and encouragement was the key of his success in such a difficult field of life. He said that he got biggest support from his family. He said he has many future plans in his mind apart from ongoing project of Pakistan first ever liquid cargo terminal – Pakistan International Bulk Terminal under completion at Port Qasim. He said that ports and shipping is the key of progress of any county’s economy and he would continue his efforts to make this industry in Pakistan compatible to any ports and shipping industry in the world. Directors of Marine Group, Capt Sharique Siddiqui, Danish Siddiqi, Kimihide Ando, SVP & CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation, Capt Zafar Iqbal Awan, Capt Salahuddin and A Karim Paracha also spoke on the occasion and enlightened the gathering about Capt Haleem’s professional career.
Later on, many office bearers of various ports an shipping associations and institutes have presented shields to Capt Haleem Siddiqi including: Chief Executive Officer CIM Shipping Abdul Karim Paracha, Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), Captain Zafar Iqbal Awan, Chief Executive Officer PICT, International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), Hans Ole Madsen, Senior Vice President and Head of EME Region ICTSI, Captain Muhammad Zia Alam, Vice President Ashore, Master Mariners Society of Pakistan (MMSP), Captain Rahat Qaseem, Vice President Afloat MMSP Association of IFSA (International Federation of Shipmasters Associations), Abdullah Farrukh, Chairman APSA, All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA), Sabir Hassan, Member of CILT Pakistan’s Executive Committee, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and Syed Iqbal Hassan on behalf of Capt. Nusrat Iqbal, Principal Seafarer Training Centre.