Just a week after unveiling Athens as the next location of the Global Maritime Forum, its chairman Jan Dieleman visited the Greek capital on Thursday to receive a prize for his contributions to shipping.

Dieleman, better known as the head of Cargill Ocean Transportation, expressed some surprise at the honour.

“If you had asked me five years ago, would I get a sustainability award handed to me in Greece, I would probably have made a little bit of a funny face,” he said musing, upon receiving the Capital Link’s Maritime Sustainability Award prize.