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Champions of maritime excellence honoured

Champions of maritime excellence honoured

Dubai: Companies, organisations and individuals that have championed high standards and quality in shipping issues have been honoured in the annual Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards.

The awards, recognising maritime safety and the environment, ship and port operations and efficiency, security and financing, were presented at a gala dinner attended by around 600 senior executives of the region's maritime and related industries at Al Johara Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on Thursday.

"These prestigious awards celebrate and reward excellence and innovation in the maritime sector across the region and are much anticipated throughout the industry," said Christopher Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, the award organisers.  For more than 20 years Seatrade has presented awards championing high standards and quality in shipping issues.
 
More than 60 companies and organisations were short-listed for the awards which recognise excellence in ship and port operations and efficiency, financing, legal and the environment. In addition, three individuals were singled out for special honours for their significant and lasting contributions to the shipping and maritime industry throughout the region.

The Personality of the Year award went to Fazel A. Fazelbhoy, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine. The Seatrade Outstanding Achievement Award went to Captain Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime and Chairman of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UAE.  The Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award went to Captain Abdul Wahab Al-Diwani, Director Maritime Safety and Environment, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport.

The evening's guest of honour was H.E. Dr. Nasser Al Mansoori, Director General, National Transport Authority, UAE, while the smooth flow of proceedings was largely down to the brilliant MC skills of Mishal Husain, a well known face on BBC World News.

The full list of other award winners is as follows:

Environment Protection Award - Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.
Education and Training Award - NITC.
Ship Repair/ Shipyard Award - Drydocks World, Dubai.
Ship Manager Award - V.Ships.
Tanker Operator Award - Varun Shipping Company Limited.
Bulk Operator Award - Emarat Maritime.
Container Terminal Operator Award - DP World, UAE region.
Port Authority Award - Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Classification Society Award - Det Norske Veritas.
Workboats Award - Topaz Marine MENA.
Marine Insurance Award - Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda).
Ship Finance Award - Standard Chartered Bank.
Marine & Offshore Services Award - Whitesea Shipping & Supply.
Maritime Law Award - Holman Fenwick Willan.
Ship Agent Award - Sharaf Shipping Agency.
Energy: Oil and Gas Award - Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Ship Owner/Operator Award - United Arab Shipping Company.
Deal of the Year - Standard Chartered Bank.

Safety & Quality Award- Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM).
Technical Innovation Award - World-Link Communications, Inc.

 

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