The fourth annual The Maritime Standard Awards, held on Monday 23rd October 2017 at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, set a new standard for regional awards ceremonies, with exceptional levels of grandeur, glamour and professionalism. Hosted by well-known Bollywood actress and model, Lara Dutta, the Awards attracted a top calibre audience of over 700 executives from across the shipping, ports and related sectors, from almost 70 different countries.
The high profile event, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, celebrated and rewarded the achievements of leading companies and individuals active in maritime fields in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.
The Maritime Standard Awards founder and managing director, Trevor Pereira, said: “We were once again tremendously honoured that His Highness has supported the awards. Having the backing of such an esteemed figure shows how well recognised the TMS Awards are, and how the importance of the industry is appreciated, at the highest level.”
The Awards demonstrated that the region’s ports and shipping sector is one that continues to show innovation, creativity and a determination to succeed in uncertain times. Moreover it leads the way especially in areas such as environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and security.
In total 29 awards were presented to individuals and companies following the deliberations of the judging panel. Clive Woodbridge, editor of TMS and chairman of the judges, said, “This year we received an all-time record number of nominations, of the highest quality. All the judges were impressed by the standard of entries. It is evident that maritime companies in the region are not sitting back - they are being innovative and proactive. It was difficult to select the winners, and as a result not just those who picked up an award, but all of those who were shortlisted, can be justifiably proud of their achievements over the past year.”
In addition to the awards determined by the judging panel, there were a number of special awards presented by the TMS team for particularly impressive individual achievements. The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sudhir Rangnekar, of Oman Shipping Company; The Hall of Fame Award was given to H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah, chief executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; The Personality of the Year Award went to DP World’s Mohammed Al Muallem; and the Editor’s Choice Award was presented to Richard Briggs, executive partner, Hadef & Partners.
Other awards selected by The Maritime Standard included June Manoharan, managing director of Lukoil Marine, who was the recipient of the Woman in Shipping award, and Amir Hossein Mosadeghi, of Islamic P&I Club, who was named Young Person in Shipping. Omar Abu Omar of Gulf Navigation won the Excellence in Shipping Award and the winners of the Deal of the Year were Abu Dhabi Ports and JOCIC of China for their Musataha agreement.
Trevor Pereira added, “It was a fantastic night of celebration, that showcased the tremendous achievements and progress that is being made in the region. On top of that we raised the bar still higher as far as awards ceremonies go. Once again we showed that we deliver the biggest and best Awards for the maritime sector in the region, which is what the industry deserves.”
The full list of the Award winners are as follows:
Safety and Security Award
Oman Ship Management Company
Environment Protection Award
Kuwait Oil Company
The Green Shipping Award
ADNOC Logistics & Services
The Technology/Innovation Award
MAP Marine Technologies
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Abu Dhabi Ship Building
Shipyard/ship repair Facility of the Year Award
Drydocks World Dubai
The Maritime Education and Training Award
Shipping Corporation of India - Maritime Training Institute
Marine Broker of the Year Award
McQuilling Shipping Services DMCC
Marine Crewing and Manning Award
Liberty Manning Services Limited
Maritime Security Award
Al Safina Security
Passenger Ship, Leisure Craft and Yacht builder of the Year
Marine Insurer of the Year
General Insurance Corporation of India
Ship Manager of the Year
Bahri Ship Management
Ship Agency of the Year
Tanker Operator of the Year Award
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Ship Owner/Operator of the Year
Classification Society of the Year
Terminal Operator of the Year
DP World UAE Region
Port of the Year
Abu Dhabi Ports
Shipping Company of the Year
Deal of the Year
Abu Dhabi Ports
The Maritime Standard Young Person in Shipping
The Maritime Standard Woman in Shipping Award
The Maritime Standard Excellence in Shipping
Omar Abu Omar
The Maritime Standard Editor's Choice
The Maritime Standard Outstanding Achievement Award
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri
The Maritime Standard Personality of the Year Award
Mohammed Al Muallem
The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award
The Maritime Standard Hall of Fame Award
H.E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Sabah
Editor’s Note: About The Maritime Standard
The Maritime Standard (TMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flagship Events LLC, publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and has built up a circulation of more than 40,000 recipients. It delivers the most accurate, up-to-date news about the market and has built up the largest circulation of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and India. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece. The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.
TMS also publishes the very successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The first 2016/17 edition was followed by a second volume covering 2017/18, that was launched in July this year. Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in depth articles, researched first hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook 2017/18 is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and can be downloaded by going to: http://www.themaritimestandard.com/uae-yearbook- 2017-18.
The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The fourth edition, The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, take place on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.
The Awards are now positioned as one of the world's leading shipping and maritime awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. Each of the three events to date have been under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region's elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers, and executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training.
The 2017 TMS Awards event, which will be hosted by the well-known actress and model, Lara Dutta, will see 21 general awards presented, following the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number for special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the business, where they can meet, network and create new opportunities. Website: www.tmsawards.com
TMS organises two market leading one day conferences: The TMS Tanker Conference and the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference. The second TMS Tanker Conference will take place on 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. Presentations will be given by many of the region's leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be given a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector. For more information about the 2017 event, please go to the website: www.tmstankerconference.com
The third TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 8th 2017, building on the success of the first two events, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Conference will bring together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping business, and trade, in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. They will share their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, signposting the way forward. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear from a high level panel of speakers about the key challenges ahead, as well as the significant opportunities that exist. For more information please go to: www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com
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