Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority President & CEO, speaking at the Greer Inland Port.
"Never has an individual so distinguished himself in a manner that will have such a positive impact on all participants in ocean shipping, shippers, carriers, ports and terminals," said Peter Friedmann, executive director, AgTC. "We applaud Jim Newsome for his pivotal, groundbreaking leadership to find a solution to the SOLAS container weight threat."
Newsome received the award at the AgTC Annual Meeting, a gathering of agriculture and forest products transportation professionals, for pioneering a solution to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements by using existing equipment and procedures at SCPA to verify the weight of containers.
"It is a great honor to receive this award from such an important group of U.S. exporters," Newsome said.
Newsome was the first leader in the United States to step forward with a solution to the SOLAS requirements that were implemented on July 1.