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13th November 2023, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard Awards has celebrated its tenth anniversary in a special ceremony packed with its traditional quality, glitz, and glamour. The event, which took place on Tuesday November 7th at The Atlantis on The Palm, Dubai, attracted a record-breaking attendance with over 1100 guests packed into the ballroom, all of whom enjoyed a Greek-themed gala dinner and top-class live entertainment.

Once again, the TMS Awards were held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman Emirates Airline and Group, who has supported the event from the very beginning. His Highness received a special Visionary Leadership Award which was presented in person by The Maritime Standard Managing Director, Trevor Pereira, and which was relayed on the screen to those present.
The special guest of honour on the night, attending for the first time, was Sheikh Khaled Al Sabah, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC). Sheikh Sabah and other VIPs also joined Trevor on stage for a cake cutting ceremony, to mark the10th anniversary, which got the event off to an upbeat start.

The keynote speech was given by Capt. Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director & Group Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Ports Authority. Congratulating the TMS team on its achievement, he said, “This is an important night of celebration after a decade of progress, during which time the Awards have set the benchmark for quality and integrity in our industry. It is testament to the Awards’ reputation and the esteem in which they are held that we have so many people in the ballroom tonight, with guests from across the region and internationally as well.”
The entire proceedings were kept running smoothly by the master of ceremonies, Gavin Esler, one of the world’s most respected broadcasters and presenters, who shared some interesting anecdotes and observations from a career spent interviewing politicians and entertainment stars at the top of their careers. He was well supported by local presenter, Rania Ali, who added her usual style and professionalism to proceedings.

The evening witnessed the presentation of 32 different awards, covering different aspects of the maritime industry, as well as special awards for individual achievement. Big winners on the night included ADNOC L&S, which collected four trophies, and Bahri, which picked up three of the iconic TMS Awards.

Notable individual awards went to Idris Shahpurwalla, of Saifee Ship Spare Parts and Chandlers, for Young Person in Shipping; Catriona Jayasundera, of Colombo International Container Terminals, for Woman in Shipping; Captain Ammar Al Shaba of AD Ports Group for Outstanding Achievement; Dr Anil Sharma, of GMS, who received the Excellence Award; Eng Ahmed Alsubaey of Bahri, for Personality of the Year; and Rashid Isa Rishi Al Heddi, of Seamaster Maritime, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the TMS Editor’s Choice Award was presented by Clive Woodbridge, TMS Editor, to Capt. BK Tyagi, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India. A link to the full list of winners can be found here.

Reflecting on a night to be remembered, Trevor added, “It was wonderful to see so many people in the ballroom. The support we have received from the industry over the past decade has been very humbling and I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for showing faith in us. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again in 2024.”

9th October 2023, Dubai, UAE: The waiting time is over! After a lengthy and detailed judging process, the finalists for the special 10th anniversary edition of the TMS Awards have at last been announced. The full shortlist for each of the 22 awards can be viewed on the following link https://www.tmsawards.com/awards/2023-finalists/, with the winners set to be revealed at the TMS Awards gala dinner on 7th November 2023 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai.

Over 1000 top executives are expected to attend the Awards, guests will come from not just across the region but worldwide, making it one of the biggest international maritime gatherings anywhere.

Clive Woodbridge, chair of the judging panel, says, “These will be a very special Awards, befitting the fact that this is the 10th anniversary of the event. In that time, they have gained an enviable global reputation for quality, which was this year fully reflected in the volume and quality of submissions for all of the categories.” He adds, “All of those on the shortlist are fully deserving of that honour. Whether or not they go on to pick up one of the prestigious awards on the night, they are all winners given the intense competition for finalist places.”

The judges have put a huge amount of time and effort into evaluating the various entries over the past few weeks, bringing their experience and expertise to bear on the process. The panel includes: Capt. Ammar Al Shaiba, CEO Maritime Cluster & SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group; Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, UAE Region and JAFZ, DP World; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC Logistics Services; Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO, ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services; Damir Glavan, CEO, Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine; Khalid Yousef Alhammad, President, Bahri Ship Management; Ali Shehab, Global Director of Special Projects, DNV; Rania Tadros, Managing Partner, Stephenson Harwood; Numair Shaikh, CEO, Tomini Group; Capt. Binesh Kumar Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director, The Shipping Corporation of India; Jonathan Andrews, CEO, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association; and Capt. Feisal Saad, Port Expansion Projects Lead, Ras Laffan Port, QatarEnergy.

2nd August 2023, Dubai, UAE: Preparations are ramping up for the TMS Awards 2023, which take place at the Atlantis, The Palm, on Tuesday November 7th. Time is running out if you wish to nominate, as the deadline is August 11th, less than two weeks away.

This year there will be four new categories as TMS celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Awards, now firmly established as the leading event of their kind worldwide. The Maritime Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by Blue Ocean Management, will be presented to a law firm which either specialises in, or has a significant presence in maritime law. A special panel of judges will be asked to identify the company which has demonstrated the most exceptional professionalism and skill in representing clients and contributing to the development of maritime law in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

The Maritime Energy, Oil and Gas Award, sponsored by Al Rashed United Shipping Services, will be presented to a company active in the oil, gas and sustainable energy markets in the region and which is able to demonstrate especially high levels of quality in terms of overall performance over the past year. Also new for this year is the Sustainable Shipping Award, sponsored by Lenol DMCC, which will recognise a company that has made particular progress towards achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, but particularly those relating to affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; climate action; and preserving life under water.

The fourth new award category is for Technical Support Services. This TMS award will be presented to a company which provides technical support services to the shipping industry, and which has demonstrated very high levels of achievement and innovation over the past year. The award is open to all companies that provide technical support services to shipping and maritime, and this may include surveyors, assessors, engineers, design consultants and IT specialists, among others.

For more information about these, and other categories, and how to nominate, please go to www.tmsawards.com

17th May 2023, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard is launching a call for entries to its special 10th anniversary edition of The Maritime Standard Awards 2023. Over the last decade The Maritime Standard Awards has consolidated its position as the premier event of its type in the region, setting high standards for quality and winning the overwhelming respect of the industry for celebrating and recognising only the best of the best in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.
A glittering, high quality event with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance, The Maritime Standard Awards 2023 will take place at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Tuesday, 7th November.

There will be around 21 different awards presented on the night, the majority of these will be selected by an eminent panel of independent judges. A full list of categories, and how to enter, can be found on the website here
Nominations are invited from companies active in shipping, ports and other segments of the maritime market in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Clive Woodbridge, Editor of The Maritime Standard, and Chairman of the judging panel says, “We are expecting another record number of entries and, if last year is anything to go by, it will be extremely difficult to separate them. The level of quality and innovation in the region is at an all-time high and that is reflected in intense competition for all these awards.”
TMS Awards judging panel comprises of renowned experts in their fields with many years of experience in shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair and other areas of the maritime industry. These judges are drawn from across the region and independently assess the nominations and submit marks based on predetermined criteria to ensure a transparent and fair process.

The final deadline for submissions is 11th August 2023. Clive adds, “Please don’t leave it to the last minute. There is plenty of time to prepare a well researched and persuasive case for an Award, so make good use of it.”

4th April 2023, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard has launched its special 10th anniversary TMS Awards evening, with details of both the date and location recently being confirmed. It was revealed during the TMS Golf Classic, which took place on March 16th at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, that TMS Awards 2023 will take place on Tuesday 7th November at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, in its iconic ballroom, with a very special evening planned to mark the significant milestone.

This follows on from the highly successful Awards and gala dinner that took place in November 2022, which consolidated its position as the largest and most prestigious event of its type. Also held at the Atlantis, the 9th edition of the TMS Awards attracted over 950 high level executives from across the region, and beyond. An even higher attendance, possibly in excess of 1000, is expected for the 2023 event, including major delegations from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and India.

Trevor Pereira, Managing Director of TMS, says, “Last year was notable not just for the quality of the executives in the ballroom, but that fact that all the major companies in shipping and maritime supported the event by attending. We are now clearly positioned as the leading Awards and Gala Dinner for shipping and maritime, not just regionally but globally as well, and we look forward to marking our tenth anniversary with our best, and biggest event yet.”

An expert panel of judges is being assembled to judge the 21 different categories which are up for grabs. Additionally, there will be an award for Maritime Law Firm of the Year, to reflect the region’s increasingly important role in this sector. This Award will have its own dedicated judging panel drawn from within the trade itself.

Trevor adds, “It is fantastic that we have reached our 10th anniversary and I have been pleased to be able to have served the industry by taking the event from strength to strength. My editor Clive Woodbridge and myself have been covering developments in the region for over 25 years now and we have been able to put all that expertise into an event that meets what the industry and the region requires.”

It was further confirmed during the TMS Golf Classic that TMS Tanker Conference will take place on November 8th, the day after the Awards, also at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Holding the conference in the same location, and the following day, strengthens the synergies between the two events, which are both now well established.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2022, which took place on November 15th, marked a successful return to the iconic ballroom at The Atlantis on The Palm, Dubai, in a ceremony full of the usual glitz and glamour. More than 900 attendees, the highest number yet, packed out the event, making it the biggest Awards ceremony for the maritime sector in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent and one of the best attended anywhere worldwide. Guests were treated to first class entertainment including a traditional Omani band and dancers, as well as a top-quality gala dinner.

This was the ninth staging of the Awards and in common with all the others it was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman Emirates Airline and Group, who has supported the event from the very beginning. The keynote speech was given by Abdulla Bin Damithan of CEO of DP World UAE, who said, “TMS kept going right through the Covid 19 pandemic, flying the industry flag. Throughout all the trials and tribulations of the past few years they have remained resolute and robust in supporting our industry and we should all be grateful for that. Congratulations and well-done Trevor and the TMS team!”

The entire proceedings were kept running smoothly by the master of ceremonies, former England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, who shared some amusing anecdotes from his record-breaking career, and was supported by well-known local presenter, Rania Ali.

The evening witnessed the presentation of 28 different awards, covering different aspects of the maritime industry, as well as special awards for individual achievement. A link to the full list of winners can be found here.

Managing director of TMS Trevor Pereira, said, “It was wonderful to be back home in the Atlantis and to be so well supported on our return. The whole event was a triumph from start to finish and we look forward to an even bigger and better one to mark our tenth anniversary in 2023.”

This year’s The Maritime Standard Awards, which take place on Tuesday November 15th at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, will feature former England goalkeeper and footballing legend, Peter Shilton, as master of ceremonies.

The Maritime Standard (TMS) Awards is the region’s premier shipping and maritime awards event. The TMS Awards are held under patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of TMS, says, “Peter is one of the acknowledged greats of the game and has a whole host of footballing memories and anecdotes to share. When we knew Peter was available to host this year’s event it was an easy choice to sign him up!”

Peter Shilton is widely regarded as England’s best ever goalkeeper, and amongst the best ever to have stood between the sticks anywhere in the world. He made his debut for England in 1970 and went on to play a record 125 times for his country over a period of 20 years, finishing after the World Cup in Italy 1990. Peter was the youngest player to play for Leicester City at 16, taking over from the great Gordon Banks. As well as Leicester City, he played at Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle and Bolton Wanderers, finishing at Leyton Orient and making a record 1005 league appearances in total. He has also played at Wembley more times than any other player.During his time at Nottingham Forest, Shilton won many honours, including two European Cups, a UEFA Super Cup, the First Division championship, and the Football League Cup.

Shilton represented England at three World Cup finals including 1986 where Diego Maradona scored two memorable goals against him, including the infamous ’Hand of God’. Despite not making his World Cup finals debut until the age of 32, Shilton has played in 17 finals matches, and shares the record of ten clean sheets in World Cup finals matches with French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

Peter follows a long line of top class MCs that have fronted the Awards. Others have included PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell, Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullit, Bollywood superstar and former Miss Universe, Lara Dutta, BBC news anchor, Tim Willcox and Impressionist Jon Culshaw.The Awards will be attended by hundreds of dignitaries and high-level executives including chairmen, chief executives and directors from leading shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and maritime companies and organisations. The caliber and status of those attending is unrivalled, and the occasion offers extensive networking opportunities, as well as the chance for industry recognition.

The evening will witness the presentation of around 30 different awards, covering different aspects of the maritime industry, as well as special awards for individual achievement. An experienced, expert, and independent judging panel ensures that only the ‘best of the best’ are shortlisted and that the eventual winners are fully deserving of the accolade.

With only days to go before the doors open for The Maritime Standard Awards 2022, now is the time to make sure of your seat at one of the most talked about events on the maritime industry calendar. Make sure you don’t miss out, book your table now! If you have any queries about table bookings, please call + 971 4 380 5556 or email at tablebookings@tmsawards.com

As a result of the huge volume of last minute nominations for this year’s The Maritime Standard Awards, it has been decided to grant a final deadline extension. The aim is to make completely sure that everyone who wants to enter has a chance to do so. Consequently, it has been confirmed that nominations will now close on August 30th. However, TMS has highlighted the fact that there can be no further extension.

The Maritime Standard Awards 2022, which will take place at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, on Tuesday November 15th, will be a glittering, high calibre event that will attract all the important policy setters and decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, as well as further afield. As such the Awards, with its impressive Gala Dinner, offer unrivalled networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with existing customers and make connections with new ones.

There are 29 different categories up for grabs at the Awards, which will be judged by an elite panel chaired by TMS editor, Clive Woodbridge. The other members of the judging panel, all well experienced leaders in their respective fields, are: Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, UAE Region and Jafza, DP World; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO, ADNOC L&S; Ali Shehab, Global Director of Special Projects and Services, DNV; Dr. Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO, ASYAD Shipping & Drydock Services; Eng. Abdulaziz Sabri, President, Bahri Ship Management; Capt. Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Officer and Acting Head of Maritime Cluster, Abu Dhabi Ports; Chris Peters, CEO, Tristar Maritime; Numair Shaikh, CEO, Tomini Shipping; and Julian Panter, Vice President – Business Development, International Maritime Industries.

The event would not be taking place without the continued support of the Awards’ generous sponsors. So far this year the following companies have agreed to sponsor the event or elements of it: Abu Dhabi Ports, ADNOC L&S, ASYAD Shipping & Drydock Services, Bahri, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, DNV, DP World, Drydocks World Dubai, Fastfreight DMCC, Islamic P&I Club, JM Baxi Group, Martrade Group, Safeen, Sharjah Port Authority, Tomini Shipping, Mariapps Marine Solutions, Monjasa, International Registries.

For more information about the Awards, the categories and how to enter please go to the website: www.tmsawards.com. There are some remaining sponsorship opportunities and information about these can be found on the website as well.

The day after the awards, November 16th, TMS will hold its annual Tanker Conference, with a stellar line of speakers already confirmed. Attendees will include representatives from all of the major tanker owners and operators, many of whom will also attend the Awards. Further details about the speakers and programme will be issued shortly, but in the meantime up-to-date information can be found on the website: www.tmstankerconference.com

The Judging Panel for the Maritime Standard Awards 2022, which will be held at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Tuesday November 15th, has now been confirmed. Chaired by The Maritime Standard editor, Clive Woodbridge, the Judging Panel is made up of senior executives and experienced industry professionals drawn from across the industry, and the region, to ensure that the Awards maintain their reputation for integrity and fairness, and consolidate its position as the leading awards for the maritime sector.

This year The Maritime Standard is pleased to confirm that the judges will comprise: Clive Woodbridge, Editor, The Maritime Standard; Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO and Managing Director, UAE Region and Jafza, DP World; Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chief Executive, ADNOC Logistics & Services; Ali Shehab, Global Director, Projects and Services, DNV; Dr Ibrahim Al Nadhairi, CEO, ASYAD Shipping and Drydock Services; Abdulaziz Sabri, President-Ship Management, Bahri; Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports; Chris Peters, CEO, Tristar Maritime; Numair Sheikh, CEO, Tomini Shipping and Julian Panther, Vice President Business Development, International Maritime Industries.

All the judges for The Maritime Standard Awards 2022 are leading figures in their respective fields, with many years of experience in shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair, logistics, maritime training and other areas of the maritime industry. The judges independently assess the nominations and submit marks based on predetermined criteria to ensure a transparent and equitable process.

Clive Woodbridge says, “We are so pleased to have been able to assemble such a high-quality panel of judges with such a broad range of expertise. The Maritime Standard is grateful that they will give up their valuable time to assess and evaluate the many nominations we receive to ensure that only the best of the best win one of these coveted awards.

Over 800 prominent personalities are expected to attend the gala dinner and awards, representing many of the biggest and most prominent companies within the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. There will be around 30 different awards presented on the night, covering a range of activities in shipping, ports, and related sectors. The majority of these will be selected by this eminent panel of independent judges. For a full list of award categories, how to attend, and how to nominate, please visit our website regularly to make sure you don’t miss out.

The most important consideration is this: Make sure you nominate! Once you’ve submitted the nomination, you can monitor progress by signing up for e-mail updates, so you know when the finalists and winners are announced.

The Maritime Standard is now accepting entries to its 2022 Awards. This is the ninth time that the Awards are being held to recognise maritime industry achievements and celebrate success and these promise to be the best yet. As always, a glittering, high quality event, the Awards will attract key influencers and decision makers from not just across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, but worldwide also, creating unique opportunities for promotion and networking.

The 2022 edition of The Maritime Standard Awards will take place at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE on Tuesday, 15th November. There will be around 30 different awards presented on the night, with around 20 of these selected by an eminent panel of independent judges. A full list of categories, the criteria and how to enter can be found on the TMS Awards website: www.tmsawards.com

Nominations are invited from companies active across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Clive Woodbridge, Editor of The Maritime Standard, and Chairman of the Judging Panel, says, “We are delighted to be back at the Atlantis which is a first-class venue that perfectly reflects the quality of the TMS Awards. Last year a record number of nominations were received, and we fully expect an even higher number of top-quality entries this year as well.”

The TMS Awards judging panel comprises a number of renowned experts in their fields with many years of experience in shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair and other sectors of the maritime industry. These judges are drawn from across the region and independently assess the nominations and submit marks based on predetermined criteria to ensure a transparent and fair process.

Those planning nominations are advised to consult the guidance on the website, which provides a clear framework for judging. Clive says, “We have tried to make the nomination criteria for each award category as comprehensive and clear as possible, so please do take time to study and digest them. It will help greatly prepare to entries that stand a good chance of success.”

Some words of advice also come from one of the judges, Ali Shehab, Global Director of Special Products and Services, DNV. He says, “We will all be looking out for the exceptional, for evidence that shows companies have gone that extra mile to succeed. If you want your nomination to stand out from the crowd, you have to show how you have done that.”
The final deadline for submissions is 15th August 2022. Please don’t delay as there can be no guarantee of extension.

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