Carus Excellence Awards in Spain

Carus welcomes since 2012 its Carus Excellence Awards in Spain. Ceremony takes place in the gardens of the Hotel Ritz Madrid (now Hotel Wellington Madrid) in the month of June each year to coincide with the General Assembly of the Spanish Shipowners’ Association ANAVE, of which Carus is an Associate Member and Sponsor.

This award is intended solely to highlight the Excellence and Dedication to the maritime sector, and is awarded to the most outstanding professionals in this regard. Previous editions of the Carus Excellence were awarded to the President of ECSA and SUARDIAZ Group, Mr. Juan Riva, and to the President of BALEARIA Group, Mr. Adolfo Utor. The Carus edition of the Excellence Award 2014 went to the Director General of Spanish Merchant Marine, Mr. Rafael Rodriguez Valero. And the latest Carus Excellence Award went to: Mr. Vicente Boluda -President of Boluda Corporation and Carus Excellence AWARD 2015; Mr. Emanuele Grimaldi -CEO of GRIMALDI Group and Carus Excellence Award 2016; Mr. Luis Miguel Sousa -CEO of SOUSA Group and Carus Excellence Award 2017; D. Antonio Armas -President of Naviera ARMAS and TRASMEDITERRANEA, and Carus Excellence Award 2018; Mr. Mike Corrigan -CEO of Interferry and Carus Excellence Award 2019.

Carus Excellence
Award 2020

The Spanish Shipowners’ Association, ANAVE, will hold its annual General Assembly on 13 of October 2020, with a cocktail event and a gala lunch at the Hotel Wellington, Madrid. The event is co-sponsored by Carus, an ANAVE associate member, and will be attended by the Spanish shipowners as well as maritime and port authorities. There will also be a representation of European maritime delegates, and the Spanish Ministry for Transport will close the assembly. The Carus Excellence Award 2020 will be presented, and this year's recipient, nominated unanimously by the board of Carus Spain: Nils-Erik Eklund.

Nils-Erik Eklund is Member of The Board of Directors of Viking Line since 1997 and also a member of the Board of Directors of Interferry since 2008, the trade association that represents the worldwide industry. Nils-Erik was president and CEO of Viking Line from 1990 t0 2010. During his entire career of four decades he has pioneered the work to reduce the environmental impacts of the transport of passengers and freight at sea. During his tenure as CEO, Viking Line was one of the first shipping companies in the world to implement the International Safety Management Code. Also Viking Line was successful in winning the Award of the European Foundation for Quality Management related to large companies in Finland.

Hotel Wellington Madrid, October 13 2020
11.00-12.15 h.
ANAVE Board Meeting (Members only)
12.30-13.15 h.
ANAVE General Assembly (Members only)
13.15-14.00 h.
Cocktail (By invitation only)
14.00-14.15 h.
Carus Excellence Award Ceremony - 2020 Edition
Awarded: Nils-Erik Eklund
14.15 h.
Gala Lunch (By invitation only)
Closing Luncheon - Speeches:
President of ANAVE
Spanish Ministry for Transport


Nils-Erik Eklund

Carus Excellence Award -2020 Edition, presented each year at the General Assembly of the Spanish Shipowners' Association (ANAVE), Madrid.


Edition 2019


Ceremony of Carus Excellence Award 2019 to Mike Corrigan Ceo of INTERFERRY, during the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE) General Assembly -Hotel Wellington Madrid, June 18, 2019.

Mike Corrigan 

Carus Excellence Award 2019
To Mike Corrigan -CEO of INTERFERRY,
for his Excellency in the dedication and contribution
to the maritime and ferry industry worldwide.

The Spanish Minister of Transport during the delivery of the Award to Mike Corrigan, with the Carus Team.

John Bertell, Anders Rundberg and Jose Rodríguez during the ceremony.

Mike Corrigan CEO of Interferry.

The Hon Mr Jose Luis Abalos, Spanish Minister of Transports.

Alejandro Aznar President of ANAVE.

Anders Rundberg -Founder & CEO of Carus, Mike Corrigan CEO of Interferry, Shari Corrigan Director of Interferry, John Bertell Sales Director of Carus, and Jose Rodriguez -Carus Spain & Iberia Representative.

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