John Wobensmith is a well-recognised shipping figure with nearly 20 years at New York-listed dry bulk owner Genco Shipping & Trading under his belt, but perhaps it took a hall of fame induction for some of us to get a better sense of the man.

That happened this week courtesy of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York & New Jersey, which made the Genco chief executive one of the five entries into its International Maritime Hall of Fame before a crowd of 500 at Chelsea Piers in lower Manhattan.