Raymond F. Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WW Solutions), has been named as one of the recipients of the 2018 United Seamen’s Service (USS) Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS).

During the award ceremony taking place later this year, American seafarers will receive recognition for their specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.

In announcing the recipients, Lieutenant General Kenneth Wykle, USA, (Ret.), AOTOS Committee Chairman, said: “The U.S. maritime industry is fortunate to have such outstanding leaders who continue to make significant contributions to the U.S. flag fleet and are deserving of the AOTOS Award. Ray Fitzgerald has 35 years in ship management and focuses on innovation in our industry.”

Long experience in the industry

Prior to his current role, Fitzgerald was Head of Atlantic MPA at Wallenius Wilhelmsen AS, responsible for shipping and land based business activity throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition to his role with WW Solutions, Fitzgerald is also Chairman of the ARC Group, the US flag transportation and logistics group where he served as President & CEO from 2007 until 2011.

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Fitzgerald also serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Ocean Exchange, a non-profit organisation that links innovators and entrepreneurs with global organisations to advance and promote innovations, solutions and cutting-edge technologies that positively impact the environment, local economies and communities around the world.

Prestigious award ceremony 

The 49th annual AOTOS awards will take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on November 2, 2018.

Proceeds from the event benefit USS community services abroad for the U.S. merchant marine, seafarers of all nations, and U.S. government and military overseas.