Carus Excellence Awards in Spain

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; Mr. Nils Erik Eklund —Member of the Board of Directors of Viking Line and of Interferry, and Carus Excellence Award 2020; and Mr. Alejandro Aznar —President of the Ibaizabal Group, and Carus Excellence Award 2021; Mr. Christophe Mathieu —CEO of Brittany Ferries and Carus Excellence Award 2022.


Carus Excellence
Award 2023

The Spanish Shipowners’ Association, ANAVE, will hold its annual General Assembly on June 2023, 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 2023 will be presented, and this year's recipient, nominated unanimously by the board of Carus Spain: Ettore Morace, CEO of TRASMED-GRIMALDI.

Dates still to be confirmed
JUNE 21, 2023 
Private dinner
with the nominee, the President of ANAVE, the CEO of ANAVE and Carus representatives
Hotel Wellington Madrid, June 22, 2022
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 and Sponsored by Carus)
14.00-14.15 h.
Carus Excellence Award Ceremony —2023 Edition
Awarded: Ettore Morace
14.15 h.
Gala Lunch (By invitation only and Sponsored by Carus)


Ettore Morace

Excellence Award —2023 Edition, presented each year at the General Assembly of the Spanish Shipowners' Association (ANAVE), Madrid.

Ettore has a long history in the maritime shipping industry. He received his education at the Maritime College of Naples and he began his career with Alisur S.A., a shipping company based in Spain. Among other positions, he has also worked as Fast Ferry Manager of Flebasa, was Managing Director of all the shipping companies within the Rodriquez Group, from 1997 until 2006 – Member of the Board and Sales & Marketing Director of Rodriquez Cantieri Navali S.p.A., a shipbuilder company based in Messina, Italy. From 1994 until 1997, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ustica Lines S.p.A., a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy. From 2011 until 2013 - member of the board of Hellenic Sea Ways, a shipping company based in Pireus, Greece. From 2011 till july 2015 – Chairman and Managing Director of Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione spa, a shipping company based in Naples, Italy. From July 2015 till 2017 – Managing Director of Liberty Lines spa, a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy. From 2015 till 2017 – Member of the Board of Confitarma, the Italian Shipowners Association. From March 2016 till 2017, President and Managing Director of Siremar – Società Navigazione Siciliana, a shipping company based in Palermo, Italy. In 1999 he co-founded Balearia, a shipping company based in Denia, Spain where he was Member of the Board and General Manager of Operations from January 2018 to April 2020.

He is currently CEO of TRASMED GLE SL, a shipping company within the GRIMALDI GROUP that is based in Valencia, Spain. He is also Managing Director and founder of Malta Shipbroker International Ltd, a brokerage company based in Malta.

Edition 2022


Ceremony of Carus Excellence Award 2022 to Christophe Mathieu, CEO of Britany Ferries, during the Spanish Shipowners’ Association General Assembly -Hotel Wellington Madrid, July 21, 2022.

Christophe Mathieu

Carus Excellence Award 2022 to Christophe Mathieu —CEO of Brittany Ferries, for his Excellency in the dedication and contribution to the Spanish and European ferry industry.

Anders Rundberg —CEO of Carus, Ms. María José Rallo —General Secretary for Transport, Mr. Benito Núñez —General Directorate of the Spanish Merchant Marine, and Jose Rodríguez —Carus Spain Representative.

The General Secretary for Transport, Ms. María José Rallo, during her speech.

The president of ANAVE, Mr. Vicente Boluda Fos, during his speech at the closing ceremony of the association's General Assembly.

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