Rick Murrell, president of Port of Palm Beach-based Tropical Shipping, has been honored by Washington-based Caribbean-Central American Action with the nongovernmental economic development organization’s ‘Star of the Caribbean’ award.

Murrell, a former chairman of C-CAA, has been a longtime advocate for private-sector leadership in advancement of prosperity for the Caribbean region. During the past year, he spearheaded Tropical Shipping’s extensive efforts to assist the region in its recovery from a devastating hurricane season.

Tropical Shipping’s disaster management initiatives also have earned the company recent recognition by the Caribbean Hotel Association, while, in addition, the firm has been selected by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as its logistics vendor of the year.

‘Port of Palm Beach is greatly privileged to have Rick Murrell and Tropical Shipping not only playing an integral role at our port and in our immediate community but also in ongoing dedication to the wellbeing of the entire Caribbean region,’ said Blair J. Ciklin, chairman of the Port of Palm Beach.

Murrell joins a roster of foreign heads of states and other leaders who have received the award since its inception in 1986. At the Dec. 7 dinner that concluded C-CAA’s 29th Miami Conference on the Caribbean Basin, Murrell was joined by Honduras President Ricardo Maduro as this year’s ‘Star of the Caribbean’ award recipients. Past winners have included governmental leaders of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

From its base at Port of Palm Beach, Tropical Shipping offers service reaching 35 ports throughout the Caribbean-Central American region, including the Bahamas.