Monday, September 23, 2019

Royal Patronage Adds Prestige to TMS Awards

Royal Patronage Adds Prestige to TMS Awards

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-Monday 23 September 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

The Maritime Standard Awards has announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, 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 has been bestowed on the event. Sheikh Ahmed is a leading global business leader and His Highness has been at the forefront of Dubai’s economic development for over 30 years. In that time, he has led the development of the country’s aviation sector and has played a key role in formulating strong and successful economic, investment and fiscal strategies in support of the emirate’s long-term vision. He also chairs the important Executive Authority for Expo 2020.

Managing director, Trevor Pereira says, “It is humbling that His Highness has once again chosen to bestow his much valued patronage on The Maritime Standard Awards. The aim of the Awards is to recognise and reward achievement at the highest level and to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and social responsibility, all causes I know are close to Sheik Ahmed’s heart. It also says much about the importance that the wise leadership of the UAE attaches to the maritime sector that His Highness is willing to extend his  patronage to the Awards again, and I know this will give added prestige to those who are honoured on the night.”

The TMS Awards 2019 take place at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, on Monday 21st October.  Full details can be found on the website As well as the winners of the various award categories chosen by an elite, and highly experienced independent judging panel, there will be a small number of very special awards presented by The Maritime Standard team for outstanding individual contributions. In total it is expected that around 29 awards will be presented on the night. 

Editor’s note:                                                             

The Maritime Standard (TMS) is based in Dubai and 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 provides accurate, up-to-date news about the market. Over the past few years the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. 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 the Indian 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, which celebrated the publication of its 100th edition in 2018, regularly carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.

Towards the end of 2018 TMS launched a special Tabloid section of the newsletter. This includes news of recent and forthcoming events, information about the activities of the industry’s ‘movers and shakers’, recent appointments and other personality-led news.

The Maritime Standard also publishes the highly successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The fourth volume covering 2019/20 was launched in July 2019 at Norshipping in Norway. Around 5000 copies are printed and distributed worldwide and have a high profile at other partner maritime events, such as Posidonia, SMM, Dubai International Boat Show, Offshore Arabia and many more. The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority also takes the Yearbook with them to the events that they take part in and host over the year, as well as having copies on display at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

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 is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and the latest edition can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.


The Maritime Standard Awards are the only Awards of their kind that represent all sectors within the maritime and shipping industries, a factor that has been evident since their inception. They are in particular the only Awards where all the major shipowners and operators from across the region are represented, something that TMS is extremely proud of.

The Awards are now firmly 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. All of the five events to date have been held 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. Top executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training are also in attendance, creating unrivalled networking opportunities.

All of the events have had distinguished master of ceremonies. Past MCs have included Alastair Campbell, Ruud Gullit, Jim Clancy, Lara Dutta and Tim Wilcox. The 2019 event will be hosted by the well known entertainer and impressionist, Jon Culshaw.


The fourth Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 22nd October 2019 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss 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 of the shipping industry. The third TMS Tanker Conference took place on 16th October 2018 and was held for the first time at the Atlantis. The larger venue allowed for a record-breaking attendance of over 250 delegates.

The fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on 6th November 2019. It will seek to build on the reputation for quality information sharing and networking earned over the past four years.

The Maritime Standard (TMS)

(A Division of Flagship Events LLC)

Ammaar Murtaza Moosa, +971552454466

Tel: + 97143805556, Fax: +97143805509 

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