Capt. Takis Tsakos of the 45.7m M/Y Ionian Princess was honored as Charter Captain of the Year at Fraser’s annual charter awards ceremony last night.
“All brokers who book with this captain say the same thing: the crew are amazing, and that’s because of him,” said Bertrand Mattei, the yacht’s charter broker.
For one charter this summer, the yacht served as a tender to an 85m yacht for 10 days and was supposed to accommodate the staff.
After a few days, the principal charter client moved himself and his guests onto the smaller yacht.
“I offer this award to my crew,” said Capt. Tsakos, who was given a Hublot wrist watch among several gifts. “We do this project together.”
Fraser saw a 10 percent increase in charter rentals and a 20 percent increase in activity in its charter fleet this year, said CEO Hein Velema.
“While we must thank our great staff for that, more important is the captain and crew onboard,” he said, then lifted a glass of champagne in toast “not just to captains and chief stews, but to all deckhands, stews, chefs and engineers, too.”
Fraser also honored charter crews on yachts large and small. Charter Crew of the Year on vessels larger than 50m is the crew of M/Y Force Blue, a 63.3m (207-foot) Royal Denship led by Capt. Fernando Terquini.
“We selected this crew not only for its can-do attitude and genuine enthusiasm but also the extremely high standards of safety and security on the yacht,” charter broker Daniela DeMarco said.
The yacht chartered 10 weeks this summer, including one charter with a guest who went overboard at night. That guest was rescued.
“This is not only a great crew, but they are life savers, in every sense of the word,” she said.
Charter Crew of the Year on vessels less than 50m is the crew of M/Y Dragon, a 41m Palmer Johnson led by Capt. Dave Frevert. Frevert was unable to attend last night. The award was accepted by the yacht’s new captain.