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DP World scoops Seatrade Global Performer 2008 Award

DP World scoops Seatrade Global Performer 2008 Award

London: A jubilant Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah (pictured left), vice chairman of DP World was present to collect the Seatrade Global Performer 2008 Award last night at the Seatrade Awards 20th Anniversary Ceremony Dinner in London's Guildhall.

In the presence of over 350 members of the maritime community, the marine terminal operator was rewarded for its valuable contribution to the maritime industry, particularly in terms of trade expansion and supply chain efficiency. DP World flagship operation at Jebel Ali in Dubai operates 43 terminals around the world and is currently developing 13 new projects.

 "The world is so small now that it is possible for us to operate in 20-30 markets now instead of just one or two," said Bin Thaniah, having accepted his award from the guest of honour, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Thanking everyone who recognised DP World's efforts, he added, "we are yet to see the horizon of this new future.'

IMO secretary-general Efthimios Mitropoulos was also recognised for his outstanding leadership of the Organisation and his strong response to the need for a holistic and multilateral IMO reaction to worldwide concern about air emissions from ships and named Seatrade Personality 2008.

Sadan Kaptanoglu, Managing Director of H.I Kaptanoglu Ship Management Company and board member of Kaptanoglu Holding was honoured with the Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award - a new category in the awards scheme that was identified as particularly important in the long term by HRH The Princess Royal. "It's still a struggle to get the general public informed about the importance of shipping in the modern world," she added.

Other winners at the 2008 awards as decided by an independent judging panel chaired by Efthimios Mitropoulos included:
Safety At Sea
(Award sponsored by Lloyd's Register)
IMC Maritime System Development, The Netherlands - SafeWinch.

Protection Of The Marine And Atmospheric Environment
(Award sponsored by ABS)
Martek Marine Ltd, UK - MariNOx.

Innovation In Ship Operations
(Award sponsored by TJ Shipping and Logistics)
Beluga Shipping GmbH, Germany - SkySails.
Investment In People
(Award sponsored by North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)
The Mission to Seafarers, UK - MV "Flying Angel".
Runners up for the various categories at the Awards - which saw a record 105 entries from 30 countries, included Lloyd's Register Asia, The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and Singapore's Technofibre.  [22/04/08]