The third annual Maritime Standard Awards, held on Monday 24th October at the iconic Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm, have raised the bar still higher for regional awards ceremonies. Hosted by well-known TV journalist and former CNN anchor, Jim Clancy, and model and presenter, Dubai's own Rania Ali, the Awards attracted a high calibre audience of around 700 executives from across the shipping, ports and related sectors, from close to 70 different countries.
The glamorous 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 the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.
The Maritime Standard Awards founder and managing director, Trevor Pereira, said: "We are hugely grateful that His Highness supported the awards once again and graced the occasion as chief guest. This has been a difficult year for the industry, but the backing of someone who is so widely respected as a visionary leader gave the business the tonic it needed."
A key message to emerge from the Awards was that, though these are uncertain economic times, this is a business that continues to show innovation, creativity and determination to succeed in adversity.
In total 28 awards were presented to individuals and companies following the deliberation of the judging panel. Clive Woodbridge, editor of TMS and chairman of the judges, said, "This year we received a record number of nominations. But quantity did not mean a reduction in quality. We received some excellent nominations and entries in all categories and I think all the judges were impressed by the approach to the market being taken in the Middle East and Subcontinent. Companies are not sitting back - they are being proactive. It was a hard job to separate the winners, and not just those who went away with an award, but all of those shortlisted, can be justifiably proud of their achievements over the past year."
In addition to the awards determined by the judging panel, there were 7 special awards presented by the TMS team for particularly impressive individual achievements. The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to H.E. Dr. Abdullatuif A. Sultan, chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Shipping Associations; The Hall of Fame Award was given to Khamis Juma Buamim, managing director & group chief executive of Gulf Navigation; The Personality of the Year Award went to Yasser Nasr Zaghloul; chief executive of National Marine Dredging Company; and the Editor's Choice Award was presented to H.E. Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, chairman of ASRY.
Other awards selected by The Maritime Standard included Noura Al Dhaheri, of Abu Dhabi Ports, who was the recipient of the Woman in Shipping award for her work within the cruise shipping field, and Ali Lakhani, of DTA Shipping Agency, who secured the Young Person in Shipping Award. Rajiv Agarwal, of Essar Ports, won the Excellence Award in recognition of his work in the Indian ports sector, and Abu Dhabi Ports scooped the Deal of the Year for the awarding of a multi-million dollar contract to National Marine Dredging Company to enable the development of a second container terminal at Khalifa port.
Trevor Pereira added, "It was a tremendous evening and we showed that we continue to deliver the biggest and best Awards of its type in the region. I am really humbled that so many leading players support these Awards as sponsors and in other ways, and hopefully we return that favour by putting on a real show that raises their profile locally and internationally."
Editor's Note. The full list of the Award winners are as follows:
Safety and Security Award
Gulf Energy Maritime [GEM]
The Technology/Innovation Award
Abu Dhabi Ports
The Green Shipping Award
United Arab Shipping Company
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award
The Sustainable Development Award
DP World UAE Region
The Maritime Education and Training Award
Port of the Year
Sohar Port and Free Zone
Shipyard/ship repair Facility of the Year Award
Drydocks World Dubai
Tanker Operator of the Year Award
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Marine Broker of the Year Award
McQuilling Shipping Services
Ship Agency of the Year
Ship Manager of the Year
Oman Ship Management Company
Classification Society of the Year
Ship Owner/Operator of the Year
Terminal Operator of the Year
DP World UAE Region
Marine Insurer of the Year
Islamic P&I Club
Shipping Company of the Year
Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Deal of the Year
Abu Dhabi Ports
Young Person in Shipping
The Maritime Standard Editor's Choice
HE Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al Khalifa
The Maritime Woman in Shipping Award
The Maritime Standard Excellence in Shipping
The Maritime Standard Personality of the Year Award
Yasser Nasr Zaghloul
The Maritime Standard Lifetime Achievement Award
H.E. Dr. Abdullatif Sultan
The Maritime Standard Hall of Fame Award
Khamis Juma Buamim
Source: The Maritime Standard Awards