Mary Brooks was recognised with the Onassis Prize 2018 in the field of shipping – and PortEconomics proudly presents its readers the lecture she delivered during the presentation of the 2018 Onassis Prizes, at the Guildhall in the City of London on Monday 24th September 2018, as well as two of her past works on port governance
Professor Brooks is the first woman to win the Onassis Prize in Shipping. Over a 40-year academic career, Mary Brooks has established herself as a leading authority on liner shipping regulation, port effectiveness, and short sea shipping. a member of PortEconomics since the inauguration of our initiative delivered a lecture on port governance.
During her address at the awards ceremony the recipient of the Onassis Prize in Shipping Mary Brooks said:
“I am so honoured to have been chosen as one of two recipients of the 2018 Onassis Prize in Shipping. To be the second Canadian, and the first woman, to be awarded this most prestigious prize accorded to academics in the field makes it even more of an honour. I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, a province where shipping was critical to its history and economy, but I did not know then how important the industry was to global prosperity. No great journey of discovery is ever completed alone, and my success is shared with all the colleagues and mentors who worked with me over the years. In investigating competition policy in shipping, port strategic management and coastal shipping, I have had the support and the intellectual stimulation of co-authors and industry experts; Thanos Pallis, Ken Button, Tony Schellinck, Kevin Cullinane, Jim Frost and Graham Fraser, who is here tonight, all deserve special mention. It is they who have earned this award as much as I have.
So what will happen to the money is always the question that interested Canadians ask? I share with you that it will support entrance scholarships and travel awards for Dalhousie undergraduates looking to find their path in life, and that path may not be the one they start on either. Just as the Onassis Foundation has supported so many Greeks through scholarships, I am proud to support not just Canadians but new immigrants to Canada as well, and hope that the Foundation will agree I have used this honour and the Onassis legacy wisely”
The awards were presented to recipients by guests of honour, Sheriff Neil Redcliffe, representing the Lord Mayor and His Excellency Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organisation.