HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FleetWeather Ocean Services, Inc. ("FleetWeather") was named as a finalist in the Technical Innovation category for the Lloyd's List 2014 North American Maritime Awards. FleetWeather was chosen and recognized for innovating and creating shipping's first business intelligence (BI) solution. FleetWeather joins a distinguished list of award finalists and shipping industry leaders including ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), DNV GL, Jefferies Maritime Group, Maersk Line, Teekay, and Navios Group of Companies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131120/NY20694LOGO ) FleetWeather will be present at the awards ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 when formal announcements of the winners for each of the 17 award categories will be made. The inaugural event will be held at the Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa in Houston, Texas. 2014 marks the inaugural Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards event, joining their other similar awards events already held in Greece, Asia, Middle East/ India, Australia and London. FleetWeather was selected as a finalist in the Technical Innovation Award category meant to recognize technological innovation that has led to a meaningful advance for the shipping industry. "We are truly honored to be named a finalist along with so many other well-known shipping industry leaders and innovators," said Jess Hurwitz, FleetWeather's Director of Global Sales and Marketing and CTO. "This recognition intensifies all the excitement, curiosity and attention our new solutions have generated over the past few months. Many thanks go out to our wonderful team at FleetWeather and our amazing clients for all of their hard work and contributions, who all share in this accomplishment and honor." FleetWeather was recognized by Lloyd's List and its distinguished panel of judges for its innovation and introduction of the first shipping industry business intelligence (BI) solution. FleetWeather engineered and developed innovative, industry-unique, ultra-customized performance and analytic services designed specifically for shipping companies of all sizes and types. FleetWeather's dynamic services are designed to help clients understand, strategize and act upon opportunities brought on by market changes, relationship changes, or a shift in business model or strategy. FleetWeather's solutions provide strategic decision support and business intelligence for shipping leaders by delivering accurate and timely information to help overcome daily complex business and operational decisions helping them to be more successful today and into the future, no matter what challenges they face. Increased profits and significantly reduced costs are some of the many benefits achieved by using FleetWeather's services which intelligently combine leading edge technology with a team of analysts and experts responsible for daily management of their client's solutions.