Independent panel of judges for Seatrade Maritime Awards 2018 unveiled

The judging panel for this year’s prestigious Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa has been unveiled – adding even more gravitas to the high level awards, which are held under the patronage of H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Chairman of the Dubai Maritime City Authority and as part of the UAE Maritime Week.

The judging panel, led by Joe Brincat, former Vice President of ABS - Middle East, includes: H.E. Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Chairman, ASRY; Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte & Co.; Romesh David, CEO, South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT);  Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine; Dr. Ahmed Al Abri, CEO, Ports Management & Operation Company (MARAFI); Capt. Brian Course, Senior Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager, Bahri Oil Transportation; Fazel Fazelbhoy, CEO, Synergy Offshore FZ LLE;  and Engr. Ashik Subahani, Chairman & Managing Director, Great Waters Maritime LLC (RINA UAE branch) and Nawfal Al Jourani, Director, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office at Dubai Maritime City Authority.

The Seatrade Maritime Awards presentation ceremony, set to take place on October 28, 2018 at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, celebrates the 15th edition of the largest and longest established awards scheme for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa regions, showcasing the most outstanding achievements of the region’s leading maritime companies and their teams.  

Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said: “The caliber of this year’s judges attests to our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of excellence and quality. The judges who are experts in their fields will carefully assess and evaluate all entries based on the approved criteria and only the best will be chosen out of the hundreds of nominations that are expected to be submitted.”

Joe Brincat, Former Vice President of ABS - Middle East, said, “When Seatrade invited me to chair this year's judging panel for the third year in a row, I felt more than happy to accept the task again. The awards prove to be very significant for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa maritime sector – giving recognition to innovative and advanced businesses that will lead the industry to further growth and progress.”

The Seatrade Maritime Awards covers all areas of the maritime and shipping industries. It is the must-attend maritime awards event of the year, bringing together hundreds of key maritime industry leaders and government officials from different parts of the region.

Posted 25 July 2018

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