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Environment Award


This environmental award honours the institution, company or individual within the SAMEA regions to have done the most to reduce pollution of the environment from maritime sources. The contribution could include, but is not restricted to, ship design and operation, port operations, company-wide environmental policy, or successful policy effort on the part of a public official with maritime responsibility. The category is open to all players in the maritime industry that can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to reducing marine pollution. Judges will be looking for tangible metrics by which success can be measured.

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The Topaz Excellence in Logistics Award


The award will be given to the logistics or shipping company that has best worked with shippers not only to provide ocean transportation but a total logistics package with a full end-to-end supply chain management solution across both sea and land within, to, or from SAMEA regions. Entrants should demonstrate their particular application of expertise to the regions and how services have benefitted local customers in South Asia, Middle East and/or Africa.

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The Lloyd's List Intelligence Innovation Award


The award recognises a technology project that has demonstrated innovation that redefines operational excellence and advances business opportunities in the maritime sector. Our panel will welcome entries from the shipping community and maritime service industries that show proven project success in design, equipment and services for shipping in, but not limited to, environmental or operational efficiency and safety. The award encompasses all technologies, including best practice use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain and data security.

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The i-law Maritime Law Award


This award celebrates the very best in the legal profession and will go to the individual lawyer or firm offering legal services that has given the best service to the maritime industry in South Asia, Middle East and/or Africa over the past 12 months. Judges will look for exemplary expertise and commitment to the shipping industry as well as clear examples of innovation through which lawyers have played a crucial role in notable cases, restructuring or dispute resolution.

Maritime Services Award


This award recognises the achievements of the manager or agency which has demonstrated the regions’ best, ongoing commitment to the industry and has raised the standards of ship management within SAMEA. Judges will weigh the effort and effectiveness of a range of performance in ensuring the welfare of crew, record of safety, environmental initiatives, support of training, a commitment to ensuring ship security, operational efficiency, innovation in cost control and a proven pattern of client satisfaction.

Offshore and Energy Award


New for 2018
This award recognises the maritime business that has demonstrated excellence in supporting the offshore energy industry through services or the operation of offshore service and supply vessels. Judges will be looking for an exemplary record of achievement in business development, safety, efficiency, reliability and profitability. This award is open to maritime businesses based in South Asia, Middle East and/or Africa and other operators that serve projects in the SAMEA regions. 

NEW! Port Infrastructure Development of the Year


New for 2018
This award recognises the company, terminal operator, port operator or port authority that has completed an outstanding port infrastructure investment that drives economic and social change in the SAMEA regions, at the same time as improving environmental surroundings. The infrastructure must have been completed either in whole or in planned completion phase, strictly within the dates of the awards’ terms and conditions. Judges will look for proven examples of innovation, efficiency, and viability of the infrastructure investment, with attention to those projects that improve the living standards of local populations through access to better employment opportunities, business opportunities and trade.


Port Operator Award


This award recognises the company, port authority or terminal that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service in South Asia, Middle East and/or Africa. The winner must demonstrate exceptional innovation, improved efficiency, profitability and successful investment in port operations. Judges will look beyond just scale, requiring evidence of a sustained commitment to customer service, cost and operational efficiency as well as an outstanding safety and environmental record, irrespective of the operator’s size. 

Ship Operator/Charterer of the Year


This award recognises exceptional performance in ship and chartering operations and is open to shipowners, operators and charterers across all sectors. Judges will be looking for solid examples of achievement that demonstrate excellence in the operation and/or chartering of ships in the SAMEA regions over the past year and put the winner beyond best practice. Judges’ consideration will be given, but not limited, to examples of business development, safety, efficiency, reliability, profitability and CSR.


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Shipyard of the Year


This award will be given to the shipyard in South Asia, Middle East or Africa that judges deem most exemplary in consistently meeting the needs of customers and regulators. Criteria for shipbuilders include cost control, on time or early delivery of vessels and innovative design. Recycling yards must demonstrate compliance with Hong Kong Convention standards and promotion of rising safety standards. All entries must demonstrate profitability, metrics showing safety improvements, promotion of high environmental standards and beneficial social impact on the local community.

Training Award


This award goes to a company for outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea or a company or institution that can demonstrate a contribution towards improving training standards in SAMEA’s maritime community. Judges will consider, among other things, examples of investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector. The winner will need to demonstrate why they stand out above all others this year and have set the benchmark for the rest of the industry to aim for.

Outstanding Achievement Award


This award recognises an individual who has, over the course of his or her long career, contributed to the well-being of the industry in South Asia, Middle East and/or Africa in a profound way. Lloyd’s List selects the winner from a list of nominations submitted by the Editorial team and the judging panel itself.

The Lloyd's List South Asia, Middle East & Africa Awards are designed by Gaudio Awards.

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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