May 06 2016   | Source: Khaleej Times 

New maritime industry event in Dubai this October

First 'The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference' to highlight steps needed to take full opportunity of positive trends

The Maritime Standard recently celebrated a number of new initiatives at a special networking reception - including revealing a new event for the industry.

The event was attended by over 100 of the region's top maritime business figures, including former Adnatco-NGSCO chief executive Dr Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni; Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Terminals; Ali Al Shehab, deputy chief executive of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; and many other senior decision-makers, from the worlds of shipping, ports, finance and law, among others. They took advantage of the opportunity to network in a laid-back, informal setting.

The business part of the event was kicked off by Clive Woodbridge, editor of The Maritime Standard, who was able to update guests on the progress made by the newsletter over the past year, which now has a circulation of more than 30,000.

Woodbridge also revealed an exciting new event, the first The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which will take place in Dubai on October 25.

"The tanker market is one that is full of interesting challenges and opportunities at the moment right across the region. This new one-day conference will bring together some of the foremost figures in the tanker shipping business and related fields to highlight what steps are needed to take full opportunity of such positive trends."

He then said that the second annual Ship Finance and Trade conference will return to Abu Dhabi on November 14. Woodbridge further announced the first The Maritime Standard magazine, The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook 2016/2017, which will include articles reviewing recent activities and future plans of the region's port, shipping, shipbuilding and repair, maritime technology, law, insurance and other sectors.

TMS managing director Trevor Pereira then shared the latest news about The Maritime Standard Awards, which will return to Dubai, for a third year in a row on October 24.

"I promise you that in line with 2014 and 2015 it is going to be one big night of celebration and acknowledgement."

We have 29 awards representing quite literally every trade in Shipping and Maritime," he said.

Pereira then revealed the TMS Awards Judges Panel. New additions this year include Mohamed Ali Ahmed, COO of DP World; Abdulrahman Essa Al Mannai, president and CEO of Milaha; Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chairman of Abu Dhabi Terminals; Capt B.B. Sinha, chairman and managing director of the Shipping Corporation of India; Koichi Murata, regional manager of ClassNK; Ali Al Shehab, deputy CEO of KOTC; and Capt Brian Course, quality and compliance manager of Bahri.

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