IIMS Canada Regional Director wins top award

Drew celebrating his award at the IIMS gala dinner with Elle Hardham (far left) and Elly Bryant from IIMS head office
Drew celebrating his award at the IIMS gala dinner with Elle Hardham (far left) and Elly Bryant from IIMS head office

At the IIMS Awards for Excellence in Marine Surveying, IIMS Canada Branch Regional Director, Capt Andrew (Drew) Korek was announced as the winner in the Marine Surveying Project of the Year (Commercial Shipping) category. The awards were held as part of the IIMS silver jubilee celebrations as a centrepiece of the 25th Anniversary Conference. Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, presented Drew with his award.

Drew was nominated for his attendance as Marine Warranty Surveyor and for the successful completion of the heavy lift project on the heavy lift vessel m/v ”Happy Star” from the BigLift Shipping BV to transport two complete shiploaders from China to Canada. Discharging and assembly operations were carried out in extreme arctic weather conditions with temperatures plummeting to -37 degrees Celsius plus windchill factor. The project is now the subject of a Mighty Ships programme.

Speaking about his award, Drew commented, “Although totally unexpected, I am truly honoured to receive this prestigious award.”