Robert Bugbee, president of Scorpio Tankers in Monaco and New York City, has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association Commodore for 2014. He follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as commodore.
The 2014 Commodore Award will be presented to Bugbee on March 19, 2014 at a gala dinner marking the conclusion of the annual CMA conference and trade exposition, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford.
The multi-day event draws more than 2,000 players in the global maritime shipping industry. The award is given each year to a person in the industry who has contributed to its growth.
Bugbee has more than 25 years experience in maritime shipping, starting at Gotaas Larsen and advancing to chief operating officer at OMI. He has been president of Scorpio Tankers since 2010, when the company went public. He joined the Scorpio Group in February 2009.
With the support of the company’s investors and Emanuele Lauro, chairman and CEO, Scorpio has grown to have 18 vessels, and it has more than 50 fuel-efficient, medium-range tankers on order.
Bugbee also is a co-founder of Scorpio Bulkers and has been its president since July 1. The company owns and operates a fleet of 15 mid-size dry bulk carriers.
“Mr. Bugbee is the personification of the sort of energy and creative thinking that makes the shipping industry great. A champion of the industry, Mr. Bugbee is a tireless contributor to the business, telling the industry’s story, whether at our association lunches and conferences or on the road speaking to the world about the Scorpio Group, said CM President Ian Workman, in prepared comments.