RECOGNITION for years of outstanding service to international shipping has seen Captain Warwick Norman appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
The announcement was made on Australia Day.
The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry recognising Australian citizens or others for exceptional achievement or meritorious service. The General Division acknowledges service in a particular locality or field of activity.
Established in 2001 under Captain Norman’s stewardship, RightShip has grown to be a pre-eminent maritime safety organisation with global impact and reach.
“As a third generation seafarer it is a great honour to receive such prestigious recognition,” Captain Norman told DCN.
“I’m humbled and delighted – not only for myself but also for my colleagues at RightShip and AUSMEPA, and everyone who is working hard to improve marine safety and environmental protection.”
Under his guidance, in 2010 RightShip launched the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rating (GHG Rating) measures the theoretical CO2 emissions of a ship.
Also under his stewardship, in 2016 RightShip launched a new vetting platform, RightShip Qi. This tool uses a predictive analytics platform and enhanced reporting capabilities to identify high risk vessels and prevent incidents.
“I am immensely proud and delighted to be awarded the Order of Australia,” Captain Norman said in an earlier statement.
“From beginning my career as seafarer cadet, over the years I have become more and more passionately committed to protecting our seafarers, our cargo, our vessels and our precious marine environment.
“Today, RightShip’s data is seriously influencing the decisions of charterers, port operators, ship owners and maritime financiers for the better, as they seek to reduce carbon emissions and improve their risk management.”
Captain Norman recently announced after 17 years at the helm of RightShip he would be stepping aside. He is to remain as a strategic consultant, continuing to build on his legacy.
In addition to this Order of Australia, Captain Norman has several industry accolades including the 2013 ‘Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year’ and 2014 ‘Australian Export Hero’.
In 2017, for the sixth consecutive year, Warwick Norman was named in the Lloyds List ‘One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry’.
Captain Norman began his seagoing career with ASP Ship Management, progressing to the rank of master and advancing to become ship manager and marine superintendent for the fleet of tankers managed by Shell, BP, Mobil and Esso.