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TMS Awards Again Honoured by Royal Patronage


Dubai, United Arab Emirates -Sunday, October 1st 2017 [ AETOS Wire ]

The Maritime Standard (TMS) is delighted to confirm that the fourth annual TMS Awards, which will be held in Dubai on 23rd October 2017, are to take place 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. This is the fourth year in succession that H.H. Sheikh Ahmed, one of the leading business leaders in the region, has honoured the TMS Awards by bestowing his patronage on the event.

For more than 25 years His Highness has been at the forefront of Dubai’s economic development, spearheading the successful expansion of the aviation sector and, more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the emirate’s long term vision. He also chairs the important Executive Authority for Expo 2020.

Securing the patronage of such a universally respected business leader raises the profile not just of the Awards, but the region’s maritime and offshore industry generally. TMS managing director, Trevor Pereira, says, “We are truly humbled that His Highness has agreed to extend his patronage to the TMS Awards 2017 once again. It shows the importance that the UAE attaches to the maritime industry that such an influential and prominent business leader is fully supporting this event which rewards achievement and excellence. The industry as a whole is genuinely grateful for the continued support and encouragement of His Highness through his royal patronage.”

The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 take place at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, on Monday 23rd October. The names of those shortlisted for an Award were announced on September 24th and can be found on the website link: 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 around 29 awards will be presented on the night.

The volume of nominations received this year for the Awards was an all-time high. This reflects the growing status of The Maritime Standard Awards as the premier event of its type in the region, which has earned it a high profile and widespread popularity.

That high profile status is also reflected in the fact that Lara Dutta, former Miss Universe and top Bollywood film star, will be master of ceremonies for the TMS Awards 2017. “We are delighted that Lara has accepted the invitation to compere the Awards. Her presence will added an extra touch of glitz and glamour to this year’s proceedings,” adds Trevor Pereira.

A host of leading companies from the region’s shipping and maritime and related industries have already confirmed their attendance, and participation. Those organisations supporting The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 include Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Terminals, Bahri, COSCO Shipping West Asia, DNV GL, DP World, Drydocks World, Dubai Maritime City, Dubai Trading Agency, Gulf Navigation Holding, Islamic P&I Club, Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies, Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), LUKOIL Marine Lubricants, Mercmarine Group of Companies, Oman Shipping Company, Safeen, Sharjah Ports Authority, Essar Ports and Al Safina Security.

The Awards also have the support of many leading regional and international trade association. These include BIMCO, UAE Shipping Association (UAESA), Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Association (OISA), Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA), Pakistan Ship’s Agents Association (PSAA), Ceylon Association of Ships Agents (CASA), Mission for Seafarers, The Nautical Institute, Conqueror Freight Network, The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Globalia Logistics Network, Specialist Freight Network, The Cooperative Logistics Network and World Freight Network.

For more information about the Awards and how to book a table to attend, please go to

Editor’s Note: About The Maritime Standard
The Maritime Standard (TMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flagship Events LLC, publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping and maritime community. It is delivered fortnightly, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and has built up a circulation of more than 40,000 recipients. It delivers the most accurate, up-to-date news about the market and has built up the largest circulation of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and India. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, including Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece. The newsletter includes news and analysis from the shipping and ports industries and related sectors in the Middle East and Subcontinent. Topics that are covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition there is up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.

TMS also publishes the very successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The first 2016/17 edition was followed by a second volume covering 2017/18, that was launched in July this year. Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in depth articles, researched first hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook 2017/18 is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and can be downloaded by going to: 2017-18.

The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The fourth edition, The Maritime Standard Awards 2017, take place on Monday, 23rd October 2017 at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

The Awards are now positioned as one of the world's leading shipping and maritime awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region. Each of the three events to date have been under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region's elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers, and executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training.

The 2017 TMS Awards event, which will be hosted by the well-known actress and model, Lara Dutta, will see 21 general awards presented, following the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number for special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the business, where they can meet, network and create new opportunities. Website:  

TMS organises two market leading one day conferences: The TMS Tanker Conference and the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference. The second TMS Tanker Conference will take place on 24th October 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. Presentations will be given by many of the region's leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be given a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector. For more information about the 2017 event, please go to the website:

The third TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, on November 8th 2017, building on the success of the first two events, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Conference will bring together experts from the fields of shipping, ports, banking, finance, trade and maritime law, among others, to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping business, and trade, in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. They will share their insights and knowledge through a series of presentations and panel discussions, signposting the way forward. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear from a high level panel of speakers about the key challenges ahead, as well as the significant opportunities that exist. For more information please go to:


The Maritime Standard (TMS)

(A Division of Flagship Events LLC)

Ammaar Murtaza Moosa, +971 55 245 4466

Tel: + 97143805556, Fax: +97143805509  

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