Widdows, Kurz named AOTOS awardees
United Seamen’s Service said it will present its 40th annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) to Donald Kurz, president and chief executive officer of Keystone Shipping Co., and Ronald Widdows, group president and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines.
A special AOTOS award will also be presented to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The awards will presented at a gala to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on Nov. 13.
Kurz began his maritime career as a tanker broker in London in 1973. Since joining Keystone in 1974, the company transformed from a traditional tanker owner-operator to the operator of a diversified fleet. The company also is involved in the liquid and dry bulk storage and pipeline business in the Port of Los Angeles.
Together with partners British Petroleum and OSG, Kurz helped to create the Alaska Tanker Co., and he has led the diversification of Keystone’s operating fleet.
Widdows became CEO of NOL last July after serving five years as CEO of the company’s container-shipping business, APL. Prior to that, he was executive vice president, global operations and network, where he was responsible for APL’s day-to-day operations including the line- haul and feeder fleets, global equipment management, procurement, terminals and alliance relationships. He joined the company in 1980.
Information about the gala, tickets and the advertising journal is available from USS AOTOS Coordinator Barbara Spector Yeninas, (email@example.com) or Kimberly McCloskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (800) 804-5279, or USS at (718) 369-3818.