Shashi Kiran Shetty, Executive Chairman of Allcargo Logistics Limited was awarded the highest civilian honour by the Royalty of Belgium, ‘Distinction of Commander of the Order of Leopold II’. The visionary entrepreneur was coferred with the highest honour by His Royal Highness King Philippe, King of Belgium.
From (L-R): Eddy Bruyninckx – CEO Antwerp Port Authority; NN Kumar – Chairman JNPT; Marc Van Peel – Chairman Antwerp Port Authority; Shashi Kiran Shetty – Executive Chairman Allcargo Logistics Ltd; Alok Shrivastava- Additional Secretary of Shipping; Jan Luyx Ambassador of Belgium to India; Karl Van Den Bossche – Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai.
According to a media statement, the felicitation event was held in Mumbai during the Annual Port of Antwerp reception over 300 top representative of India’s corporate fraternity including the shipping and logistics industry were present to witness this decoration. Representing the port of Antwerp were Marc Van Peel, Chairman; Eddy Bruyninckx, Chief Executive Officer and Karl Van Den Bossche, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai. Jan Luykx the ambassador of Belgium to India presented the honorary medallion to Shetty during the evening.
This decoration has been awarded for Shetty’s glorious efforts in strengthening business relations between Belgium and India, particularly due to the economic initiatives of Allcargo and ECU-LINE. Spanning a marvelous career of over four decades, Shetty is the pioneer and a visionary who has taken India’s logistics industry on a global scale. Under his leadership today Allcargo is India’s largest logistics company in the private sector listed on BSE & NSE. With presence in over 90 countries and over 200 offices globally Allcargo is India’s truly multinational whose consolidated revenues are expected to cross over USD 1 billion by end of this financial year.
Some of the other renowned India citizens to have received this honor were, the late SP Godrej, Former Chairman of Godrej Group of Companies; Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress,
Speaking on the occasion Shetty said: “As an Indian and as a global citizen, this is one of the proudest moments in my entire professional life. Receiving this honor for the first time in India’s maritime industry makes me feel extremely privileged. I would like to dedicate this award to my industry colleagues and mentors who have guided me through these years. The support of my family, friends, colleagues and well wishers was also very important for me to achieve this honor. We at Allcargo and ECU-LINE will continue in our endeavour to foster stronger relations between India and Belgium, as well other European countries”.
The Order of Leopold II is an order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Léopold II. The decoration was established on 24th August 1900 by Leopold II. It is awarded for meritorious service to the sovereign of Belgium, to both Belgians as well as foreign nationals. The Order of Leopold II is awarded by Royal Decree. This decoration is one of the highest honours along with Order of Leopold and the Order of the Crown in the Belgian honours hierarchy.
As part of the Avvashya Group, Allcargo Logistics is an integrated logistics multinational, headquartered in India. Allcargo is India’s largest logistics company in the private sector listed on BSE and NSE. It operates across 90 plus countries through 200 plus offices globally. Its services comprise global Multimodal Transport Operations (NVOCC, LCL and FCL), pan India CFS/ICD operations, Project and Engineering Solutions (Project Logistics & Equipment Hiring Solutions), Ship Owning and Chartering and Contract Logistics services. Allcargo’s consolidated turnover as of March 2014 is Rs. 4,888 crore. Allcargo employs over 8,500 team members globally.