Seatrade Middle East hosts maritime world 'Oscars'

Maritime companies and personalities honoured at annual awards.
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Individuals, organisations and companies from across the region’s maritime and shipping industry have been honoured in the annual Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards, part of Dubai Maritime Week.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the maritime world, the Awards were presented at a glittering gala dinner at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai attended by more than 900 of the who’s who of the region’s maritime and shipping industry.

“This evening's gala dinner has broken records: there are more awards and more entries than ever before and an attendance of 900 guests, a remarkable indicator of the mood of the market,” said Chris Hayman, chairman, Seatrade.

“Because, as we all know, these are challenging times for the global maritime industry. The impact of the financial crisis and recession in the western economies has brought difficult conditions in many market sectors, and an uncomfortable imbalance between supply and demand which some predict will last for two years or more. This combines with an operating environment of high costs and a complex regulation.

"But that is only part of the story, and we have the opportunity to focus on some reasons for optimism.

"It is clear, especially to those of us who come here this evening from Europe, that this region is rebounding strongly. The evidence for this is to be seen from a range of reliable indicators, from cargo volumes through the ports to the traffic levels in the Sheikh Zayed Road.

"Many commentators, some of them here this evening, have predicted that as world trade volumes return to previous levels, the pattern of that trade will have changed significantly. The key driver of that change will be the surge in cargo volumes moving between emerging markets. The transport corridors between Asia, the Middle East and Africa, between Asia and South America and intra-Asia are all set to expand. And this region is strategically well placed to take full advantage of this new reality.

“The companies that were both shortlisted for the awards and those that were winners have shown exemplary levels of achievement, in areas such as technical and operational innovation, commitment to safety and quality, social and environmental responsibility, business acumen and development of human resources. Seatrade salute them all,” said Hayman..

The awards were judged by a 12-strong panel of esteemed international judges, led by Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The evening also featured four special awards presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the industry in the region and have dominated the headlines. The winners of these awards were be chosen by a Seatrade panel.

Please find below the full list of winners:

• The Corporate Social Responsibility Award - ASRY (Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard)
• The Environment Protection Award - Emarat Maritime LLC
• The Safety & Quality Award - Vela International Marine Ltd
• The Technical Innovation Award - ADNATCO & NGSCO
• The Education & Training Award - Oman Drydock Company S.A.O.C
• The Ship Owner/Operator Award - Maersk Line (West & Central Asia Region)
• The Ship Repair/Shipyard Award - Nakilat - Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM)
• The Port Authority Award - Qatar Petroleum - Ras Laffan Industrial City
• The Free Zone Authority Award - Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)
• The Ship Agent Award - Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS (WSS)
• The Marine Insurance Award - General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re)
• The Tanker Operator Award - Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) PJSC
• The Bulk Operator Award - Essar Shipping Limited
• The Marine & Offshore Services Award - Smit Lamnalco
• The Classification Society Award - Det Norske Veritas AS
• The Container Terminal Operator Award - DP World UAE Region
• The Workboats Award -Topaz Marine
• The Maritime Law Award - Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy
• The Ship Finance Award - Standard Chartered Bank
• The Ship Manager Award - Bernhard Schulte Ship management (India) Pvt. Ltd.
• The Energy: Oil and Gas Award - Qatar Petroleum - Ras Laffan Industrial City
• Deal of the Year - ADNATCO & NGSCO for major fleet expansion programme
• Shipping Company of the Year - Maersk Line (West & Central Asia Region)
• Seatrade Young Person of the Year - Capt. Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi, Executive Vice President - Ports, Abu Dhabi Ports Company
• Seatrade Personality of the Year - H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman and Managing Director, Milaha
• The Seatrade Outstanding Achievement Award - Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World - UAE Region
• The Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award - H. H. Sheikh Dr. Sabah Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Board, Arab Sea Ports Federation, General Manager of Kuwait Ports Authority
The date of next year’s Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards has been announced as Monday 18th November 2013.

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