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Dubai Awards gala attracts record crowd

Dubai Awards gala attracts record crowd

Dubai: The Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards (SMEISA) ceremony dinner earlier this week was a sumptuous affair held in the ballroom of the Madinat Jumeirah, attended by a sellout audience of 850 guests.

Technical Awards judged by an independent panel chaired by IMO secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos went to Vela International Marine (Safety & Quality), APM Maersk (Environment Protection), Anglo-Eastern (Education & Training) and Saudi Aramco - Marine Department (Technical Innovation).

Commercial sector awards judged by a panel of leading industry figures in the region went to: Drydocks World, Orient Express Ship Management, New India Assurance, Nico Middle East, Svitzer Middle East, GAC Logistics, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Clarksons FZE, DP World - UAE Region, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), Ras Laffan Inustrial City, Sharaf Shipping Agency, NITC, ETA Trading & Shipping Divison, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Lamprell Energy, Fichte & Co, DNV and Allcargo Global Logistics.

Winner of the Personality of the Year Award for the region was Vikas Mohammed Khan, chairman & ceo of Emirates Shipping Line, who attended in person with a strong ESL delegation. The Outstanding Achievement Award went to the dinner's Guest of Honour, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, executive vice chairman of DP World & Group and ceo of Ports & Free Zone World.

The final prize of the night was the Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award which went to C.P. Srivastava, a former Indian civil servant, chairman of SCI, secretary general of IMO - for four successive terms - and Founding Chancellor of the World Maritime University. The award was accepted on his behalf by his daughter and son-in-law P.K Srivastava in an informal ceremony filmed last week in Mumbai and broadcast at the dinner.  

The SMEISA dinner coincided with the end of the two-day Middle East Money & Ships conference organised by Seatrade at the Madinat conference centre, which was well attended throughout by over 100 local and international delegates and provoked lively debate. [07/11/07]