A glittering, high quality occasion, with attendees including key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, The Maritime Standard Awards recognise the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding performers and celebrate and reward their successes. Despite being launched only two years ago, The Maritime Standard (TMS) Awards has earned the right to be referred to as the region’s premiere shipping and maritime awards event.
The first two events, held in November 2014 and 2015 respectively, both received the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and were held at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm. For the inaugural event in 2014 PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell performed as master of ceremonies, while in 2015 Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullit compered the event. On both occasions the Awards attracted over 600 of the region’s elite decision makers including chairmen, chief executives and directors from all of the leading shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and maritime companies and organisations.
The 2015 Awards were notable for some high profile presentations. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al Ahmed Al Sabah of KOTC was named Personality of the Year; Dr. Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni, formerly of ADNATCO-NGSCO, was presented with the Excellence Award; Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem of DP World was presented with the Hall of Fame Award and George Chapman, one of the pioneers of the industry, received The Maritime Standard Legion of Honour.
The 3rd Annual Maritime Standard Awards will be held on Monday, 24th October 2016, once again in the opulent setting of The Ballroom, at the Atlantis The Palm. Building on the achievements of the first two Awards, this year promises to be bigger and better still, with close to 800 guests likely to attend. All the top names and personalities from the ports, shipping and related industries will be there, providing unrivalled opportunities for networking, and generating business opportunities over the months to come.
As well as the winners of the various award categories, chosen by an elite, and highly experienced independent judging panel, there will once again be a few, very special awards presented by The Maritime Standard team for outstanding individual contributions. In total some 30 awards will be up for grabs on the night.
The Maritime Standard Awards offer the industry a high profile, and glittering stage on which to highlight its many achievements. Now that it is firmly established, The Maritime Standard Awards’ ability to raise the profile of the maritime sector in the region is unique.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al ShamisiCEO, Abu Dhabi Ports
“The ports in the UAE have grabbed global attention as the UAE was ranked the first regionally and third globally in terms of quality of seaports infrastructure, according to the Global Competitiveness Index 2014-2015. The Maritime Standard Awards event offers a platform to recognise and reward such outstanding achievements and we are proud to be part of this occasion.”
Admiral Mohab MameeshChairman and Managing Director, Suez Canal Authority
“The Suez Canal Expansion Project is a great benefit for both Egyptian Economy and international shipping. The Project proves Egypt's capability to deliver mega projects in an efficient way and in due time. It was very rewarding to have the hard work that went into financing and developing this project recognized at TMS Awards."
Sheikh Talal Al- Khaled Al- SabahCEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
“The Maritime Standard Awards have really helped to raise the profile of companies in the region and recognise the great strides forward that are being made in areas like safety and environmental protection. Winning a TMS Award is a real honour that has a genuine meaning.”
Khamis Juma BuamimBoard Member, Managing Director & Group CEO, Gulf Navigation Holding
“In our region search for excellence and home grown Maritime Industry, the Maritime Standard Awards and events without a doubt, not only created a platform ofbusiness opportunities but rewarding excellence for growth and sustainability. Proud to be part of this great event from inception and its true regional rewards with global outlook."
Dr. Ali Obaid Al-YabhouniFormer CEO, ADNATCO & NGSCO
“I was honoured to have been given this prestigious award and to represent ADNATCO-NGSCO. It was not a personal award for me, but a tribute to the dedication, commitment and teamwork of all my staff. "