The Maritime Standard Newsletter:


Based in Dubai, The Maritime Standard (TMS) publishes a regular e-newsletter aimed specifically at the shipping, ports and wider maritime community. It is delivered electronically on a fortnightly basis, on the 1st and 15th of every month, and provides accurate, up-to-date news about the market. Over the past few years the publication has built up the largest readership of any shipping-related online newsletter in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. It is also gaining popularity in other major shipping hubs, such as Oslo, Hamburg, Singapore, London and Greece.

Topics that are regularly covered include tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, there is 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 will celebrate the publication of its 150th edition in 2020, further carries exclusives, analysis and interviews with top executives.

There is now, as a relatively new addition, a special Tabloid section of the newsletter. This features news of recent and forthcoming events, information about the activities of the industry’s ‘movers and shakers’, recent appointments and other personality-led news.

The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook:

To view TMS UAE Yearbook 2020/2021:
The Maritime Standard annually publishes the highly successful TMS UAE Yearbook. The fifth volume covering 2020/2021 was published in September 2020. Around 10,000 copies were printed and distributed worldwide, gaining a high global profile. The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority is a key supporter of the publication and takes the Yearbook with them to any events that they participate in and host, as well as having copies on display at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Covering key developments across the country’s maritime sector, the annual publication aims to publicise the UAE’s achievements both locally and internationally, through in-depth articles, researched first-hand. These cover all the major sectors of the shipping, ports, and maritime industry in the UAE. The articles, on terminals, shipping companies, shipyards, maritime law firms, classification, regulators, and inland transport firms, among others, have been well received by the industry as a year-round reference point. The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook is a must-read publication for everyone interested in UAE maritime issues, and the latest edition can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

Work is already underway to prepare the 2021/22 edition of the TMS UAE Yearbook. Interviews and in-depth research involving the leading players in the UAE maritime sector will be held shortly with a view to publishing the Yearbook in June this year.


TMS Webinar Series:

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The TMS Webinar Series, Covid-19: A Leadership Perspective, organised by The Maritime Standard, is already an acclaimed success, having been launched in May 2020. So far, 14 events have been held and all have gained global prominence through having high profile panelists supported by an extensive social media marketing campaign, including LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The first event had close to 1000 attendees at the start, with over 600 still online two hours later. This momentum was sustained with 800 taking part in the second Webinar, and others have averaged around 600. These attendees have logged in from across the world, as far away as Singapore and Canada.

Feedback received after the TMS Webinars has been universally positive, showing that the formula that has been adopted is popular and highly successful. The tried and tested format comprises six or seven leading executives invited as panelists taking part in discussion sessions that are moderated by the TMS Editor, Clive Woodbridge. Topics relate to different aspects of the Covid-19 challenge facing shipping, ports, and other maritime sectors, and range from strategic, operational and policy making matters to technical and human resources issues.

Each Webinar is around two hours long. The first half involves a panel discussion on the core subject relating to that Webinar. There then follows a commercial break during which time short video clips from sponsors are shown. The second half is “Question Hour” during which panelists field questions sent in online by those attending the webinar.

The Maritime Standard Awards:

The not-to-be missed The Maritime Standard Awards recognise and celebrate success in the shipping, ports and related sectors across the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. The seventh edition of TMS Awards will take place on Monday, 20th October 2020 at Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai.

These are 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 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. All six events to date have been held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and have each attracted close to 700 of the region’s elite shipping and maritime professionals, as well as a number of leading figures from overseas. These guests have come from a variety of industry segments, ranging from ports and terminal operators to ship owners and managers. Top executives from the worlds of maritime law and finance, classification, ship building and repair and maritime education and training are also in attendance, creating unrivalled networking opportunities.

Each of the Awards have had distinguished master of ceremonies. Past MCs have included Alastair Campbell, Ruud Gullit, Jim Clancy, Lara Dutta, Tim Wilcox and Jon Culshaw.

The 2020 TMS Awards will once again see around 20 general awards presented, in line with the recommendations of an elite, independent judging panel, as well as a number of special individual awards recognising the contributions made by high profile industry leaders and innovators. The Awards have set a benchmark within the industry and have become an eagerly anticipated meeting place for top executives from across the market, as well as an opportunity to reward and recognise achievement at the highest level.


The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference:

The fifth The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference will be held on the 21st October 2020 at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. Attendees will include key decision makers and opinion formers who will be able to discuss the challenges and 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 fourth TMS Tanker Conference took place on 22nd October 2019 and was held for the second time at the Atlantis. Once again it provided hugely popular, with an attendance of over 250 delegates. Presentations were given by many of the region’s leading tanker owners and operators, as well as experts in related fields.

High level delegations from ADNOC Logistics & Services, Bahri, KOTC, Oman Shipping, E-Ships, Shipping Corporation of India, Emarat Maritime and other leading players were present. This created unrivalled opportunities for networking and sharing best practices.

The main keynote address was given by the Director General, Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, HE Eng Ahmed M. Shareef Alkhoori, while other keynote addresses were given by Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics & Services; Ali Shehab, CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Conference; and Abdullah Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World, UAE Region.

Speakers and topics for the 2020 event are being finalised and will be announced as they confirmed.

The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference:

The sixth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will be held at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on Monday, 8 th November 2020. It will seek to build on the reputation for quality information sharing and networking earned over the past five years. In 2019 the Conference, held for the first time at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, attracted a high-quality audience of around 150 executives and decision makers from across the industry. They assembled to discuss and debate the key issues and trends facing the shipping and ports markets in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, with a particular focus on financial issues. The audience heard from some of the best-known personalities in the business, all leaders in their chosen fields, who highlighted the importance of building partnerships to help accelerate investment-led growth within the industry. Keynote speeches were given by H.E. Ahmed Shareef Alkhoori, Director General, Federal Transport -Land & Maritime; Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports and the CEO of Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC Logistics & Services, Capt. Abdulkareem Al Masabi.

An interesting, thought-provoking and topical programme is being put together for 2020 and will feature similarly influential and high-level speakers keen to share their views and opinions on the shipping, ports and financial markets. For more information about the forthcoming 2020 TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference, please refer to the aforementioned link.


Transportation & Climate Change Conference:

Planning for the first inaugural The Maritime Standard Transportation & Climate Change Conference is well underway. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Ports, this conference will be held in Abu Dhabi in the second week of June 2020.

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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