The Maritime Standard Newsletter:


Headquartered in Dubai, The Maritime Standard (TMS) produces a fortnightly e-newsletter which is aimed at business leaders in the shipping, ports, transportation and logistics sectors, as well as the wider maritime technology and services communities. It is delivered regularly on the 1st and 15th of every month, and offers an insightful, clearly written news digest focusing on developments in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent primarily. Over the course of more than 200 editions, the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the region. It has also raised its profile in other major shipping hubs, such as Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London, and Greece, where it has a growing number of readers. 

Topics that are regularly covered in The Maritime Standard include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, readers can find up to date information about regional terminal operations; port development; classification; ship repair and conversion; shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2023, carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives to add value to the publication.

The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook:

To view TMS UAE Yearbook 2022/23: 

Every year The Maritime Standard publishes the much praised and valued The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook. The seventh volume covering 2022/2023 was published in Summer 2022 and around 10,000 copies were printed and are being distributed worldwide, generating a high profile on a global basis. The eighth edition for 2023/24 is set to be published in the summer of 2023.

Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through a series of in-depth, well-researched articles. These take a look at all the major sectors of the shipping, ports, and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, including features on ports and terminal operators, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification societies, regulators and inland transport firms, among others, are viewed by the industry as a year-round reference point. This year there will be a particular focus on green shipping issues, reflecting the fact that Dubai is host to the COP 28 climate change conference in 2023. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and the most recent edition can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

On top of using TMS’ well-established databases, the distribution networks for the Yearbook include most of the major maritime conferences and exhibitions, including Posidonia, Norshipping and SMM, while a number of leading organisations and businesses display them at their headquarters and on their stands at such events.

The Maritime Standard Awards:


The always popular The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The ninth edition of The Maritime Standard Awards was held in person on Tuesday November 15th, 2022, at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline.

The Awards are now firmly positioned as one of the world’s leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and are the premier event of their kind in the region.

In 2022, more than 950 executives, including delegations from Saudi Arabia, India, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, USA, Asia and Europe, assembled in the iconic Atlantis Ballroom to witness the presentation of 29 different Awards, and enjoy the spectacular ceremony and top quality entertainment.

The 2023 TMS Awards, the tenth in the series, will be held on Tuesday 7th November, once again at The Atlantis. The elite audience will experience the drama of seeing  the much coveted awards presented, in line with the recommendations of an experienced  and independent judging panel. This will include a number of special individual awards, recognising the contributions made by high achieving industry leaders and innovators.

These remain the only Awards of their kind that represent all sectors within the maritime and shipping industries, a factor that has been evident since their inception. They are in particular the only Awards where all the major shipowners and operators from across the region are represented, something that TMS is extremely proud of.

The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference:


The seventh The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference took place on 16th November 2022 at the world famous Atlantis Ballroom on the Palm Dubai. It attracted over 300 delegates representing all aspects of the tanker shipping business. They heard from a high quality group of speakers and panelists who addressed the key issues of the day facing the industry.

The conference attracted key decision makers and opinion formers who were able to highlight the opportunities that exist, not just for ship owners and operators active in the tanker markets, but those delivering products and services to this sector of the shipping industry. The ongoing problems caused by the pandemic were naturally a key area of discussion, as were the environmental issues facing the shipping industry at the present time. Digitalisation was also high on the agenda as were safety and security and crew wellbeing.

The eighth annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 8th of November 2023. Once again it will be held at the Atlantis in Dubai and will focus on key short and long term commercial and technology trends in the crude, products, chemicals and gas tanker markets. Top quality presentations from leading figures in the tanker shipping business will give participants a privileged insight into what the future holds for the regional tanker trades as well as a global perspective. TMS is putting together an informative, thought-provoking and insightful programme that will draw on the expertise of industry leaders who will lead inclusive discussion and debate. Further details of the programme will be released in the near future.

The TMS Tanker Conferences have successfully raised the profile of this sector of the shipping business, both regionally and globally. As a result, the Conference is widely recognised as being as one of the highlights of the tanker shipping calendar.


Planning for the inaugural The Maritime Standard Transportation & Climate Change Conference (TACC) is well underway. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports, this conference will be held in Abu Dhabi in May 2023. 

Pollution from transportation contributes a significant proportion of climate change gas emissions. It is estimated that over 23% of global carbon dioxide emissions derive from transport related activities. Moreover, according to the World Health Organisation, the transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions, with the main drivers being urban land transport and freight operations. 

In this context ambitious reductions are required over the next decade. The conference will seek to identify key solutions, as well as obstacles, to achieve a shift change in transport’s contribution to the climate change emergency, particularly focusing on the shipping and maritime sector.

The focus of the conference will be on the entire transportation sector, including land, air and sea, and new technologies like hyperloop. Sessions will look at ports and logistics; shipping; maritime technology; land transportation; and financial, regulatory and legal issues. The need for the transportation sector to remain an attractive industry for investment, and for stakeholders to stay competitive while making the transition to decarbonisation, will be an underlying theme as well.


Our Team

Trevor Pereira
Managing Director

Trevor Pereira is the managing director of The Maritime Standard, which he co-founded with his long time mentor Ray Girvan. Trevor has spent much of his career involved with the shipping and maritime business, and has accumulated almost 14 years experience organising specialist conferences, exhibitions, events and awards and publishing high quality magazines and newspapers. He has excelled in all these fields, earning a reputation for dedication, hard work, knowledge and expertise across the industry. Before launching The Maritime Standard, Trevor was the General Manager of Seatrade, and prior to that held the same position with Lloyd’s List, covering the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. A graduate of Bombay University he worked with two of India’s finest celebrities – world cup winning cricket captain Kapil Dev and movies superstar Amitabh Bachchan – in the early days of his career in the television and entertainment industry.

Ray Girvan

Ray Girvan is the Publisher and Owner of International Bulk Journal, founder of the IBJ Awards and Director at The Maritime Standard. He is a highly experienced and respected director, having spent 33 years in publishing and events within the global maritime and freighting markets, following graduation from Milbank College of Commerce in his native Liverpool, UK. In his role as Managing Director, Publishing, at Informa Maritime and Transport until 2006, he was responsible for a multi-million dollar profit and loss account, with a turnover in the tens of millions and a staff of over 160 people. Publications within his division were Lloyd’s List, Lloyd’s Loading List, International Freighting Weekly, Containerisation International, Cargo Systems and many other market leading titles. He has launched various publications including Lloyd’s Freight Transport Buyer in both Europe and Asia. His career has included successful spells at publishers Emap, MacLean Hunter and the Journal of Commerce(UK), where he began in 1981.

Clive Woodbridge

A well-respected freelance journalist Clive Woodbridge has been writing about shipping, ports and logistics related issues since 1982.

For more than 30 years he has contributed to some of the leading publications in the industry, including Lloyds List, Seatrade, Cargo Systems, Container Management and Containerisation International, and has particular expertise in the shipping and maritime sectors in the Middle East.

Ammaar Murtaza
Sales Manager
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