Shipping & Maritime Awards - The Maritime Standard Awards 2019
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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

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Monday, 21st October 2019
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Early announcement: Next year’s TMS Awards confirmed for 20th October 2020 at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Put the date in your diaries now!

A glittering, high quality occasion, attended by key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, The Maritime Standard Awards recognise the achievements of the industry’s outstanding performers and celebrate and reward their successes. Despite being launched only five 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.
All five of the events that have taken place to date have been graced with the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, underlining the esteem in which they are held. Also, all have been staged at the prestigious Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, Dubai.
High profile and well-known international personalities have taken centre stage at the TMS Awards and have performed the master of ceremonies role. The first four Awards were compered by PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell (2014), Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullit, (2015), former CNN news anchor, Jim Clancy (2016), and well-known Bollywood actress and model, and former Miss Universe, Lara Dutta (2017). For 2018 the BBC journalist Tim Wilcox compered the event with considerable skill and panache.
Each of the TMS Awards evenings has attracted over 700 of the region’s elite decision makers, including chairmen, chief executives and directors from many leading shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and maritime companies and organisations. Attendees have come not just from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, but globally also.
TMs awards Winners 2017
The 2018 Awards were notable for many well-deserved presentations. In total, 21 awards were handed to individuals and companies following the deliberations of the judging panel. In addition, there were a number of special awards presented by the TMS team for particularly impressive levels of performance. The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Professor Mustafa Amin Massad of the Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies; The Personality of the Year Award went to KOTC’s Ali Shehab Ahmed; and the International Marine Personality of the Year was presented to Dr. Nikolas Tsakos, chairman of Intertanko. In addition, a special Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma for his work over 34 years in the industry. Other awards selected by The Maritime Standard included H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek, of the UAE Federal Transport Agency, who was the recipient of the Woman in Shipping award, and H.E. Eduardo Fonseca, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, who was named Young Person in Shipping. Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi secured the Excellence in Shipping Award and the winner of the Deal of the Year was International Maritime Industries of Saudi Arabia. Dubai Maritime City Authority was given the Best Practice Award and the Editor’s Choice Award went to Oman Drydock Company.
Preparations for the 6th Annual Maritime Standard Awards are now well underway. It has been confirmed that The Maritime Standard Awards will again this year take place at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Monday 21st October 2019. More details will appear on this website as and when they are confirmed.
Jamil Al AliJamil Al AliManager Fleet Engineering,
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
To get together with industry peers who have become close friends and celebrate a small token of success is very meaningful for us. Winning this award is very important because in order for you to continue to deliver future successes you have to acknowledge and celebrate your present ones.
Capt. Harihar PrasadCapt. Harihar PrasadMD,
McQuilling Shipping Services
"Winning the Award is a matter of pride because I think the Maritime Standard gets out the best in the business here in Dubai and in the Middle East. It’s good to be recognised for hard work, not just for me but for the entire team. As usual the event was fantastic and the fact that the whole ballroom was full shows a lot about the marketing and the value that people see in these awards. "
Khamis Juma BuamimKhamis Juma BuamimGroup CEO,
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
I would really recommend coming to the Maritime Standard Awards. If you have not been before, you don't know what you are missing. The Maritime Standard Awards have a very effective way of communicating with people, reenergising the industry in a way that is critical for all of us.
H.E. Eng Hessa Al MalekH.E. Eng Hessa Al MalekMarine Transport Executive Director,
Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime
This Award shows that the maritime industry is really starting to recognise the contribution of females in this sector. There is certainly a lot more female interest in joining the maritime business and Awards like this help achieve a better gender balance. The whole occasion exceeded my expectations and I appreciate the efforts which The Maritime Standard has made to enhance this important sector.
Tarik Al JunaidiTarik Al JunaidiCEO,
Oman Shipping Company
“Winning the Maritime Standard Award helps set our business apart from competing firms and allows us to highlight our ‘award winning ways’. Being presented with The Safety and Security Award also lets Oman Ship Management Company’s staff know that they have been recognised for their outstanding work.”
Said Al MaawaliSaid Al MaawaliCEO,
Oman Drydock Company
It was a great honour to be chosen for this year’s The Maritime Standard Editor’s Choice Award. We have produced a new vision for our business in 2018 and have some exciting initiatives coming up that will take Oman Drydock in a new, and even more successful direction. It was great that our past achievements, and future plans, have been recognised in this way.
Rajiv AgarwalRajiv AgarwalCEO & MD,
Essar Ports Ltd
“Successes in business don’t just happen. You create them by having great people with ideas, who take risks because they must for the good of their respective industry, and for their stakeholders. The ability to reach the heights that each of the entrants have attained should be applauded, and I can think of no better way than with recognition at The Maritime Standard Awards.”
Capt. Anoop Kumar SharmaCapt. Anoop Kumar SharmaChairman & MD,
The Shipping Corporation of India
"I am extremely humbled by the bestowment of the Outstanding achievement award in recognition of my contributions. This has created a genuine feeling of excitement in SCI and within the Indian shipping fraternity. The award is also testament to the hard work of SCI family to which I have been associated for over three decades now. The festive night was an enchanted space coupled with fantastic arrangments and for that reasons it shall remain well etched in my memory."
Capt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCapt. Abdulkareem Al MasabiCEO,
ADNOC Logistics & Services
The genuine surprise and delight we felt on being named winner of the Ship Owner/Operator award category at The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 was a great way to end an enjoyable night. Everyone at ADNOC Logistics and Services is very proud to be part of a recognised award winning team. Importantly, this prestigious award has not only helped further cement our reputation as a regional market leader in the shipping industry but will be important in promoting us as a specialist business partner in future.
Dr. Nikolas TsakosDr. Nikolas TsakosChairman,
INTERTANKO & CEO Tsakos Energy Navigation
"It was an honour to accept The Maritime Standard International Personality of the Year Award 2018 on behalf of my team in TEN and INTERTANKO. It was a pleasure to participate in this event, which was very well organised and provided a great oppotunity to meet important industry people from all over the world. Looking forward to participating again next year, even without winning an award!."
Professor Mustafa Ahmed MassadProfessor Mustafa Ahmed MassadPresident,
Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
Professor Mustafa Ahmed Massad: Winning The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award at The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 was one of the highlights of my professional life. I was truly honoured to receive such a coveted award and to be publicly recognised for my skills, expertise and experience was really humbling.
Ali ShehabAli ShehabDeputy CEO,
It has been an incredibly exciting year for KOTC and to win The Tanker Operator of the Year 2018 at The Maritime Standard and celebrate everything that we have accomplished as a team, put the icing on the cake. Winning this award is also a great way to communicate to existing and potential new clients the extent of our capabilities and expertise.
H.E. Eduardo FonsecaH.E. Eduardo Fonseca Ambassador
to UAE, Republic of Panama
“I am very happy to have won this award and wanted to thank you for such a brilliant event. The experience was very inspiring and a great chance to discuss developments with industry leaders.”
Amir MosadeghiAmir MosadeghiCEO,
Islamic P&I Club
The chance to get independent validation of our work is very important to Islamic P&I Club. The standard of entries at The Maritime Standard Awards is always very high and the judging panel consists of the ‘who’s who’ of the shipping industry. So we were delighted to walk away with The Marine Insurer of the Year 2018. We have won before, but this year was no less special.
June ManoharanJune ManoharanDirector,
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC
You don’t win a Technology Innovations Award without pushing a few boundaries. So, winning at The Maritime Standard Awards this year was pleasing recognition for our hard work and innovation. Not only does it say that Lukoil Marine Lubricants is at the top of its game, but it was also a great opportunity to celebrate teamwork.
Rado AntolovicRado AntolovicCEO & MD of
DP World Maritime Services Division
“This recognition from the maritime industry reinforces our efforts to deliver world class service to all our stakeholders. Our people at Drydocks World have made this happen and have helped make the company a leader in its field. We will continue to enhance the yard’s facilities and capabilities by investing in technology and people focusing on innovation and adapting to change to generate significant growth in our global services and maintain our position as a shipyard of choice.”  
Geir FuglerudGeir FuglerudArea Manager –
DNV GL Middle East & Africa, DNV GL
Winning the Classification Society of the Year at The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 was further validation of the progress we are making and gave a real lift to the whole company. Everyone at DNV GL’s Middle East worked so hard this year and put so much in: this award is a lovely way of everyone in the team getting something back.
Ronald LichteneckerRonald LichteneckerManaging Director
at Gulf Agency Co (Dubai)
Receiving The Maritime Standard Award 2018 for Transportation & Logistics was such an honour for the GAC team. Trevor and The Maritime Standard team have made a big impression on the maritime awards scene with an unmissable night that just gets bigger and better every single year.
Mohammad Tahir LakhaniMohammad Tahir LakhaniChairman,
DTA Group
Winning The Ship Agency of the Year Award at The Maritime Standard Awards 2018 is hugely valuable, extremely motivating and really exciting for the DTA team. It is always good to see hard work and talent recognised by the industry. The Award has also been a great new business driver, as we have received calls from companies who attended the awards, saw our name and were impressed with our win.
Patrice MaugerPatrice MaugerManaging Director,
MAN Energy Solutions Middle East L.L.C.
We were delighted to be included on the shortlist and it was a very proud moment for MAN Energy Solutions Middle East to win The Environment Protection Award category at The Maritime Standard Awards 2018. It is important to take the IMO’s vision for the shipping industry in an environmental context seriously and it was fantastic to see our initiatives in this direction being publicly recognised.

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