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The Awards and Smart Ports Forum

The 2019 Lloyd's List South Asia, Middle East and Africa Awards are part of the Lloyd’s List Excellence in Shipping Awards – the industry’s flagship awards programme that recognises and rewards excellence across all sectors of maritime.

The Awards have a range of categories suitable for any successful organisation to increase their profile and benchmark themselves against their peers; from large private and public companies through to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups and established SMEs. Any company can enter, regardless of size.

Entries are judged by a community of associations and industry leaders, making the Lloyd’s List Excellence in Shipping Awards a highly desirable accolade of distinction.

This unique maritime event will include an expert led panel discussing the Smart Port and it's significance to shipping's future.



The Forum


The Smart Port is critical to the success of the logistics business, although ports in general have long been seen as a bottleneck in the chain rather than a digitalised hub. As shipping is driven increasingly by data analytics, so must ports join the network as equal partners. Failure to do this will negatively disrupt shipping’s future.


So what immediate opportunities are presented by smart solutions? Where is data already making a difference, and what are the possibilities offered by next-generation connectivity for the port sector? Is blockchain the impetus needed to transform maritime-port connections? If so, will that be in five years or 10 years?


What will the future port look like? How will ports embrace the 4th industrial revolution, as characterised by AI, robotics, secure networks and automation? How will digitalisation drive change in ports’ business models, and what will that mean for investment in infrastructure and superstructure, for connectivity, and for careers?


This forum will bring together ports’ policymakers, vessel operators and technology specialists in two panel discussions about the port of the future, its place in the logistics supply chain, the investment and employment required and the impact on ports of evolving global decarbonisation.


Attendees will get a clear view of both the immediate and near-future for the Smart Port which will be of critical importance in the development of diversifying and maturing economies in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.


The Lloyd’s List Smart Ports Forum will tackle the future of the SAMEA ports. Join our expert panel to hear how ‘smart’ can be a game-changer for ports, and how smart ports will be a game-changer for trade.


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Why attend?

Entertain clients and reward staff

The awards provide you with a great opportunity to recognise the success and achievements of your staff as well as allowing you to entertain clients at a night focused on celebration and excellence.

Network with like-minded professionals

Our finalists include major companies within the maritime industry, enabling you will have the opportunity to liaise with industry experts face-to-face, raise your profile and make new contacts.


2019 is now closed for entries.


Why sponsor?

A unique opportunity to become a central part of the maritime community

Lloyd’s List Excellence in Shipping Awards strength of brand and access to influential business leaders spanning all sectors of maritime enables you to form powerful partnerships. Whether you are looking to increase brand awareness; gain exposure to influential industry leaders; generate leads or launch a new offering. The awards offer an invaluable opportunity to position your business and brand at the forefront of innovation and success and reach senior maritime leaders.

• Extensive global exposure through our full range of media, including; newsletters, emails, social media, events, plus the gala evening itself

• Access to an audience of 100,000 key global decision-makers and influencers

• Brand alignment with innovation and excellence within the industry

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Have any questions? Speak to a specialist.

For any questions relating specifically to these Awards, please contact Natalie Cornwell

Alternatively, please reach out to us via the form below and we'll get back to you shortly.

For all 2019 sales enquiries, including booking a table and sponsorship, please contact Natasha Dwyer for more information.


Tel: +44 (0)20 7551 9175


Ensure success by reading through our entry guide. This guide includes:

  • Top tips for entering
  • How to make your submission stand out
  • Full category guide and criteria


View Entry Guide