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The Maritime Standard launches its call for nominations for its 2017 Awards on 15th May.

15th May 2017, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, which take place at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Monday October 23rd, will be a glittering, high quality event with key decision makers from across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent in attendance. It is an occasion organised by The Maritime Standard to recognise industry achievements and celebrate success.

There will be around 30 different awards presented on the night, the majority of which 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

Nominations are invited from across the region, including both the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, and based on the experience of past years, winners will be spread across many different countries. Last year the number of nominations received exceeded expectations, and a similar level of interest is expected for 2017 also.

All the judges are experts in their fields with many years of experience in shipping, ports, shipbuilding and repair and other areas of the maritime industry. These judges independently assess the nominations and submit marks based on predetermined criteria to ensure a transparent and fair process.

Managing director Trevor Pereira says, “We have been fortunate to have gained acceptance from some of the best known names in the business to be on the judging panel. The industry will, I am sure trust in their judgment in determining worthy winners in all categories.”

The deadline for submitting nominations is 10th August 2017. “Putting a high quality nomination together gives entrants a better chance. The sooner you start the nomination process the better,” says Managing Director, Trevor Pereira.

As a networking opportunity TMS Awards are also second to none, with over 600 top level executives from across the industry gathered under one roof representing all elements of the maritime sector. It is perfect opportunity to make connections and raise industry profile.

The event has already attracted a high calibre of sponsor, reflecting the quality and prestige of the Awards. Sponsors confirmed so far include: Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Bahri, DNV GL, DP World, Drydocks World, Dubai Maritime City, Dubai Trading Agency, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC, Islamic P & I Club, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, Mercmarine Group of Companies, Oman Shipping Company, Safeen, Sharjah Port, Al Safina Security and Essar Ports.

The Awards will be followed on Tuesday October 24th by the second annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference. This will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. All the leading players in the regional tanker sector, and support industries, will be in attendance.

Trevor Pereira adds, “In just 4 years the Awards have become the premier event in the local shipping industry calendar. They have progressed in leaps and bounds and they are now the single largest gathering of maritime executives in the Middle East. This year we hope will be the biggest and best TMS Awards yet and we look forward to welcoming guests from across the industry, and across the world, to Dubai this October for an evening that will not be forgotten.”

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group (centre), (left to right) Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, Abu Dhabi Ports; Ray Girvan, Glenbuck Publishing; Clive Woodbridge, The Maritime Standard; Yasser Nasr Zagloul, National Marine Dreding Company; Rajiv Agarwal, Essar Ports; H.E. Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard; Rania Ali; Khamis Juma Buamim, Gulf Navigation; Ali Lakjani, Dubai Trading Agency; Dr. Abdullatif Abdullah Bin Sultan, Organisation of Islamic Shipowners Association; Jim Clancy.

Editor’s Note: About The Maritime Standard

A subsidiary of Flagship Events, The Maritime Standard (TMS) publishes a high quality e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and contains up-to-date news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors. Topics that are covered include tanker, container, dry and liquid bulk, ro-ro, and cruise shipping; terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The Maritime Standard is edited by Clive Woodbridge, a journalist who has been writing about the maritime sector in the Middle East for over 20 years.

Another division of parent Flagship Events, The Maritime Standard Events focuses specifically on the requirements of the shipping and maritime sector. The company organises a series of industry-leading conferences and other events under its own brand, as well as for third parties in the shipping and ports business.

The Maritime Standard Awards offers the industry a high profile showcase, to recognise and reward achievements at the top level. It was first held in November 2014, hosted by PR guru, Alistair Campbell, and has since been followed by two more, in November 2015 and October 2016. These were hosted by Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullitt, and former CNN anchor Jim Clancy respectively.

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