Shipping & Maritime Awards - The Maritime Standard Awards 2017
Patronage Message

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

Endorsed by:
Logo - Federal Transport Authority, Abu Dhabi
Monday, 23 October 2017
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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 three 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 three events, held in November 2014 and 2015, and October 2016, all received the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and were held at the prestigious 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. Last year former CNN news anchor, Jim Clancy, was on stage to lead proceedings. On all three 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 2016 Awards were notable for some high profile presentations.
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 Dr. Abdullatif 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 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.
The 4th Annual Maritime Standard Awards will be held on Monday, 23rd October 2017, once again in the opulent setting of The Ballroom, at the Atlantis The Palm. Building on the achievements of the first three Awards, this year promises to be bigger and better still, with as many as 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.
Noura Rashed Al DhaheriNoura Rashed Al DhaheriCruise Terminal Manager
Abu Dhabi Ports
"I am very honoured to receive the Woman in Shipping Award and I will happily dedicate it to my mother who has always given me full support my entire life. I love the TMS Awards, as they have a fantastic ambience, and the overall experience is just wonderful."
Thomas KriwatThomas KriwatChief Executive Officer
Mercantile Marine Management
“This was a fantastic occasion and has definitely helped to increase our global visibility. Being able to say we are a winner of one of the TMS Awards has strengthened our credibility and we have certainly seen positive results from our success at the Awards."
Khamis Juma BuamimKhamis Juma BuamimManaging Director & Group Chief Executive
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
"It means a lot to me to win an Award, alongside such professionals, and it reflects the fact that, with my teams, over the years we have accomplished a lot. Accomplishment usually comes with a prize and in my view this is a great achievement."
Dr. Abdullatif Abdullah Bin SultanDr. Abdullatif Abdullah Bin SultanSecretary General
Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners’ Association (OISA)
"It was an honour for me to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and I dedicate it to the member countries and companies who have always supported me."
Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al KhalifaShaikh Daij Bin Salman Al KhalifaChairman
Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Co.
"It was a great pleasure for me to attend such a well-organised Awards. The high quality of the guests and the audience was truly impressive. I would like to congratulate TMS for the professional manner in which the event was organised."
Dr. Ali Obaid Al-YabhouniDr. 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. "
Sheikh Talal Al- Khaled Al- SabahSheikh 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.”
Admiral Mohab MameeshAdmiral 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."
Captain Mohamed Juma Al ShamisiCaptain 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.”

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