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 225 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 ports and terminals, tanker shipping, container operations, dry and liquid bulk trades, ro-ro, and cruise shipping. In addition, readers can find up to date information about ship repair and shipbuilding; ship agency; finance and insurance; maritime law; and transportation & logistics. The newsletter, which celebrated 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 2023/24: 

Every year The Maritime Standard publishes the highly regarded and widely praised The Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook. The eighth volume covering 2023/2024 was published in Summer 2023 and around 10,000 copies were printed and distributed worldwide, generating a high profile for the UAE maritime sector on a global basis. The ninth edition in this series for 2024/25 is set to be published in the Spring of 2024 and will once again cover all the latest developments and trends affecting the UAE’s ports, shipping and shipyard businesses, as well as other maritime sectors, such as classification, ship agency, logistics, maritime law, insurance, IT, security and financial services. Benefitting from a global distribution, and a high profile, the 2024/25 edition will feature a series of in-depth and analytical articles and company profiles designed to provide a well-rounded and informed assessment of the current position of the UAE’s fast-growing maritime sector and its prospects for the future.

Included in the UAE Yearbook will be information about investments in shipping, port and maritime related infrastructure and equipment, and the development of new technology, by companies based or active in the country. Other key themes will include how the sector is helping achieve ambitious climate change targets, building on the positive outcomes of the COP 28 Conference in Dubai in 2023, as well as the rapid pace of digitalisation, including the use of AI and other tools.

On top of using TMS’ well-established databases, the distribution networks for the Yearbook include most of the major maritime conferences and exhibitions, such as 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 Maritime Standard Awards reached an important milestone in celebrating its 10th anniversary on November 7th 2023, at a glamorous and high quality event held 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 occasion confirmed the status of the TMS Awards as one of the world’s leading shipping and maritime Awards gala dinners and the premier event of their kind in the region.

At the 2023 Awards more than 1100 executives, including delegations from Saudi Arabia, India, Oman, Kuwait, Asia and Europe, gathered in the iconic Atlantis Ballroom to witness the presentation of 32 different Awards, and enjoy the spectacular ceremony, hosted by leading journalist and author, Gavin Esler, and local media personality and presenter Rania Ali, as well as some top quality live entertainment and a four course Greek themed banquet.

The audience witnessed the much coveted awards being presented to the winners, in line with the recommendations of an experienced and independent judging panel. This included 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 eighth The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference which took place on 8th November 2023 at the world famous Atlantis Ballroom on the Palm Dubai, attracted over 300 delegates representing all aspects of the tanker shipping business and support sectors.

Climate change pressures and the drive to decarbonise the shipping industry dominated the proceedings at the 2023 TMS Tanker Conference, which featured a programme of expert presentations, lively panel discussions, and a series of interesting questions from the floor. The event, structured around the theme “Net Zero -Tanker Shipping Setting the Global Decarbonisation Agenda,” set out to highlight the ways in which this sector of the industry and its various components are at the vanguard of change.

The opening session, on “Setting Green Shipping Strategy – Policy Choices for the Tanker Sector” was preceded by a keynote speech from Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics and Service, who stressed the need for a proactive approach to climate change. Session 2, on “Tanker Operations in an Era of Change’, complemented the first session and looked at some of the technical solutions that can be used to respond to the core strategic environmental imperatives in an efficient and financially viable manner while the third and final session on support services proved highly engaging with speakers from the worlds of ship registry, digitalisation, surveying and training highlighting the important role their respective sectors can and will play in meeting the evolving needs of tanker shipping.

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 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.


The Maritime Standard Transportation & Climate Change Conference:


The inaugural Transportation and Climate Change Conference (TACCC) was held on September 27th 2023 at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort in Abu Dhabi and made an indelible impression on those attending, highlighting the need for strong, concerted action to achieve climate change and sustainability goals. This groundbreaking event, held before a packed house with more than 300 delegates present, brought together eminent figures from across the transportation sector, to foster dialogue, discuss innovation and strengthen the collective commitment to addressing pressing climate change challenges.

The event commenced in the presence of H.E. Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, who attended as the guest of honour, along with Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group.

TACCC featured an exceptional lineup of speakers and industry leaders who delved deeply into critical issues relating to carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability. The opening keynote session, chaired by renowned Sky News host, Yalda Hakim, featured a number of influential figures from the shipping, maritime, rail and air transportation sectors, led by Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC Logistics & Services.

The next Session 1 panel, which addressed the theme “Setting the course for a sustainable future”, featured presentations by senior executives all of whom are driving change in their respective sectors. Session 2 focused on ports and logistics and the vital role that these sectors have to play in reaching climate change targets while Session 3 focussed on navigating the operational, technological, legal and financial hurdles to change.

The crucial timing of TACCC 2023, only a few weeks before the UAE hosted the COP28 climate change conference, and hard on the heels of strong International Maritime Organisation action to speed up climate change measures, meant that it secured substantial support from attendees and event sponsors.


TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference:


The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which has been successfully held on five occasions in the past, returns in 2024. The one day conference will be held on February 14th at a high quality location in Dubai and is expected to attract over 300 delegates to hear expert speakers from the worlds of ship finance, banking, shipping, ports, ship broking, maritime law, logistics and trade facilitation, among others. The overall theme of the conference will be ‘Capitalising on opportunities for an era of sustainable growth’ and it will highlight the significant changes in the financial markets relating to shipping and trade that have taken place in recent times, as well as prospects for the future, as owners and operators seek to build a platform for growth and development that aligns with green objectives.

A main opening session with a top keynote speaker, will be followed by two further sessions with specific themes, and a networking reception. Full details of the conference programme and speakers will be available shortly. The event is likely to appeal to executives at local and international banks, financial institutions, ship owners, ship operators, major government companies, insurance and law firms, consultants and brokers.

The day after the conference, on February 15th 2024, TMS will host its annual Golf Classic. This will be held at the Trump International Golf Club and will be structured in a fun and enjoyable way that will appeal to golfers of all abilities. The Golf Classic will provide a great opportunity to relax and network with fellow industry professionals.

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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