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The Maritime Standard Awards celebrates tenth anniversary in style

13th November 2023, Dubai, UAE: The Maritime Standard Awards has celebrated its tenth anniversary in a special ceremony packed with its traditional quality, glitz, and glamour. The event, which took place on Tuesday November 7th at The Atlantis on The Palm, Dubai, attracted a record-breaking attendance with over 1100 guests packed into the ballroom, all of whom enjoyed a Greek-themed… Read more →

Rafael Fernandez elected as the next ISSA President

Rafael Fernandez from Spain has been elected as the next President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), the global trade body representing the interests of 1,500 ship suppliers around the world. The 40 National Associations of ISSA, who form the ISSA Assembly, elected Mr Fernandez during a vote prior to this year’s ISSA conference in Dubai. Mr Fernandez… Read more →

TMS TACCC 2023 makes strong case for determined climate change action

28th September 2023, Dubai, UAE: The inaugural Transportation and Climate Change Conference (TACCC), held at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort in Abu Dhabi, 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 esteemed 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 Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group. The conference was inaugurated by Trevor Pereira, Managing Director of The Maritime Standard, who underscored the urgency of addressing climate change in the maritime and transportation sectors, and the perfect timing of this event in that context.

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, expertly 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, who set the stage with a compelling keynote address, emphasising the importance of industry-wide collaboration.

Session 1 of TACCC, which addressed the theme “Tackling Transportation’s Contribution to Climate Change: Setting the Course for a Sustainable Future,” witnessed presentations by senior executives all of whom are spearheading change in their respective domains. Speakers in this pivotal session included Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO, Etihad Rail; Antononaldo Neves, CEO, Etihad Aviation Group; Julian Mylchreest, Executive Vice Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America; Sanjay Mehta, Chairman of S One Capital; Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO, Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group; Rania Tadros, Managing Partner at Stephenson Harwood Middle East and James Frew, Global Head of Business Advisory – Decarbonisation Lead at Lloyd’s Register.

Following an engaging Q&A session and a networking luncheon, Session 2, chaired by industry luminary Sanjay Mehta, revolved around “Sustainable Ports, Logistics, and Aviation: Redesigning Operations and Technology for a Greener Future.” The lineup of speakers included Emile Hoogsteden, CEO, SOHAR Port & Freezone; Jonathan Andrews, CEO, Steamship Mutual; Antonio Campoy, CEO, Noatum Group, Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group; Gonzalo Conseco, Director of Research & Development, Onepoint5 & Former Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the UNFCCC; Mohammad Jaber, Managing Director, Air & Sea and COO Abu Dhabi, DSV Solutions Abu Dhabi; and Matthew Luckhurst, Managing Director, APM Terminals Bahrain. Collectively they explored innovative strategies across the transportation sector and made a number of valuable suggestions for future action.

The conference concluded with Session 3, focusing on “Navigating the Operational, Technological, Legal, and Financial Hurdles to Change.” Moderated by leading maritime lawyer Rania Tadros of Stephenson Harwood, the session featured speakers including Emil Pellicer, General Counsel, AD Ports Group; Nitin Mehta, Group COO at Lila Global; Carlos Guerrero Pozuelo, Global Market Leader for Gas Carriers, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore; Farooq Zuberi, CFO, APM Terminals Bahrain; Ravi Jawani, Partner, Fichte & Co; Vijay Arora, Managing Director, Indian Register of Shipping; and Hamed Fathi, Director and head of Legal at the IME Group. Spanning a wide range of maritime activities, these speakers comprehensively addressed the complex challenges faced by the industry, providing valuable insights into how they can be overcome.

The crucial timing of TACCC 2023, only a few weeks before the UAE hosts 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 event sponsors, including AD Ports Group, ADNOC Logistics & Services, National Marine Dredging Company, Etihad Rail, Sohar Port and Freezone, Islamic P&I Club, Saifee Ship Spare Parts & Chandlers, Alligator Shipping Co., Al Raiya Group, Stephenson Harwood Middle East, Monjasa and Steamship Mutual. The commitment of a plethora of leading companies and organisations reflects their shared dedication to driving progress in the fight against climate change and underlines the stature of this event.

Reflecting on a hugely successful first TACCC, Trevor Pereira expressed his gratitude to all those who attended for contributing to positive outcomes. He added, “This was truly a landmark event that will help propel the transportation and maritime sectors toward a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. One of the key messages was the need for cooperation and collaboration and I know the many conversations and interactions that took place on the day will do much to cement those ties. Overall. attendees left full of hope and optimism for a brighter, greener future, inspired by what they had heard, and we look forward to welcoming them back to a future TACCC that will build on the success of the first.”

TURSSA (the national association of ship suppliers in Turkey) celebrates its 20th anniversary milestone

“Sustainability” has become the watch word of TURSSA (Turkish Ship Suppliers Association),the representative organisation of the ship supply industry of Turkey. It was established on 4th July 2003. TURSSA, which has been in co-operation with ISSA and OCEAN for many years, is the bridge that links the national members with the international ship supply chain. Turkey’s geopolitical position, where the… Read more →

TURSSA, with Sustainability Awareness in Its 20th Anniversary…

TURSSA (Turkish Ship Suppliers Association), is the representative of ship supply industry of Turkey, was established on 4th July 2003. TURSSA, which has been in cooperation with ISSA and OCEAN for many years, is the bridge of national members and international ship supply chain. Turkey’s geopolitical position, where international shipping business is busy, provides a great natural advantage to Turkish… Read more →

ICS and ISSA offer a helping hand with recycling regulations

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), BIMCO and the International HazMat Association (IHMA) have collaborated to develop a new guide to help both shipowners and ship suppliers comply with both the current EU Ship Recycling Regulations (EUSRR) and the Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling (HKC) where ratification is anticipated next year. Under both sets… Read more →

Footballing legend lined up for TMS Awards

1st November 2022, Dubai, UAE: This year’s The Maritime Standard Awards, which take place on Tuesday November 15th at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, will feature former England goalkeeper and footballing legend, Peter Shilton, as master of ceremonies. The Maritime Standard (TMS) Awards is the region’s premier shipping and maritime awards event. The TMS Awards are held under patronage of… Read more →

TMS Tanker Conference session highlights environmental challenges facing tanker shipping

18th October 2022, Dubai, UAE: The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A stimulating and thought-provoking program is rapidly taking shape that reflects the extraordinary circumstances facing tanker shipping after two years of pandemic, and now unprecedented geo-political shockwaves. In addition, tanker operators face the ongoing challenge of… Read more →

TMS Tanker Conference – opening session focuses on tanker shipping post-pandemic

3rd October 2022, Dubai, UAE: The seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai. A stimulating and thought-provoking program is rapidly taking shape that reflects the fact that this is a pivotal time for the tanker sector, as it not only emerges from the pandemic, but as other geopolitical challenges… Read more →

Top quality speakers lined up for TMS Tanker Conference

15th September 2022, Dubai, UAE: A host of top quality speakers have been lined up for the seventh annual The Maritime Standard Tanker Conference, which this year takes place on 16th November at the Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Confirmed speakers include executives from leading tanker operators, finance companies, ports and terminals, classification societies and both technical and operational service providers… Read more →

TMS extend Awards deadline

17th August 2022, Dubai, UAE: As a result of the huge volume of last minute nominations for this year’s The Maritime Standard Awards, it has been decided to grant a final deadline extension. The aim is to make completely sure that everyone who wants to enter has a chance to do so. Consequently, it has been confirmed that nominations will… Read more →

Daniamant showcases its lifesaving safety equipment at global SMM trade show

Stand number 01.708 | 6 – 9 September 2022 Danish-based marine electronics company, Daniamant, announces its line-up of its lifesaving products at this year’s Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine (SMM) event – the maritime industry’s leading international trade fair, from 6– 9 September 2022. The bi-annual maritime show is the largest trade fair for the shipbuilding, machinery and marine technologies industries,… Read more →

New Invention Institute opens in Durham seeking next Newtons and Edisons

A NEW research Institute dedicated to finding and supporting the next Isaac Newtons and future Nobel Prize winners of science in the United Kingdom has been officially opened this week at Hatfield College, Durham University. Professor Paula Chadwick, from the Department of Physics at Durham University and a member of the DIRDI advisory board, said: “Colleagues and I in the… Read more →


Swedish ship supplier creates the first circular economy for plastic ropes. The ship supplier, and ISSA-member, DFS has created the world’s first plastic rope that is part of a circular economy. Does this new rope, ReLine™, have the potential to change the market for plastic ropes as a whole? We’ve asked Carl Forsman, Project Manager at DFS, to give his… Read more →

Comply with ISO 14520 Gaseous Fire-Extinguishing Systems Regulations with Coltraco Ultrasonics, an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Approved Organisation

Coltraco Ultrasonics’ Portalevel® MAX PLUS is the world’s leading, and most accurate, contents monitor for liquified gaseous extinguishing systems. Coltraco’s newest British innovation follows the co-location of our Physicists and Scientists at Durham University, a globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence. The Portalevel® MAX PLUS features an upgraded intuitive user-interface displaying GAS or LIQUID to make testing fire… Read more →