This year’s The Maritime Standard Awards will have more than a touch of Bollywood glitz and glamour, as it has been confirmed that the actress, model and former Miss Universe, Lara Dutta, will host the event. The Maritime Standard Awards, which recognise excellence and achievements in the shipping, ports and related sectors, take place on Monday 23rd October at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, and Lara’s presence is sure to generate considerable global interest in the event, which is now a firm fixture in the maritime industry calendar.
TMS managing director, Trevor Pereira, says, “Lara is a true superstar and we are delighted that she has accepted our invitation to be Master of Ceremonies on the night. As she is the biggest personality we have had on stage since we launched the Awards three years ago, her presence will help take the event to a whole new level, generating a huge amount of international media exposure for our Awards winners and sponsors.”
Since being crowned Miss Universe in 2000, Lara has gone on to have an award winning and hugely successful career on the Bollywood movie scene, with a succession of box office hits that have made her a household name. Now married to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi, Lara is also well known for her health and fitness videos in India, which focus on yoga and meditation.
Despite being launched only three years ago, The Maritime Standard (TMS) Awards has earned the right to be referred to as the region’s premiere shipping and maritime awards event. The first three Maritime Standard Awards, held in November 2014 and 2015, and October 2016, all received the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and were held at the prestigious Atlantis Ballroom, on The Palm.
For the inaugural event in 2014, PR guru, journalist and writer Alastair Campbell was master of ceremonies, while in 2015 Dutch soccer legend, Ruud Gullit compered the event. Last year former CNN news anchor, Jim Clancy, was on stage to lead proceedings. On all three occasions the Awards attracted over 700 of the region’s elite decision makers including chairmen, chief executives and directors from all of the leading shipping companies, ports, terminal operators and maritime companies and organisations.
A host of leading companies from the region’s shipping and maritime and related industries have already confirmed their attendance and participation. The organisation supporting The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 include Abu Dhabi Ports; Abu Dhabi Ship Building; Abu Dhabi Terminals; Bahri; COSCO Shipping West Asia; DNV GL; DP World UAE Region; Drydocks World Dubai; Dubai Maritime City; Dubai Trading Agency; Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC; Islamic P&I Club; Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies; Kuwait Oil Tanker Company; LUKOIL Marine Lubricants DMCC; Mercantile Marine Management; Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C; Abu Dhabi Marine Services-SAFEEN; Department of Seaports and Customs, Government of Sharjah; Al Safina Security; Essar Ports. The Maritime Standard Awards 2017 also have the support of regional trade associations such as The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO); The United Arab Emirates Shipping Association (UAESA); The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); The Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime industries (DCMMI); The Organisation of Islamic Shipowners’ Association (OISA); The Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA); The Ceylon Association of Ships Agents (CASA); The Pakistan Ship Agent’s Agents Association (PSAA); The Nautical institute; The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA); The Mission to Seafarers; Conqueror Freight Network; Globalia Logistics Network; Specialist Freight Network; The Corporate Logistics Network and World Freight Network.
For more information please go to: www.tmsawards.com