Ask the Judges: Top Tips for Seatrade Maritime Awards


Find out what our judges look for when assessing your entries.

Across each of our Corporate Excellence, Industry Performance, Technical Innovation and Logistics Excellence categories, each entry is put through its paces by a series of independent judges.

Here you can find out more about the process; what it is they look for in a good submission and how to make your entry stand out.


Mohammad Abdulrazaq Alawadhi

Vice President, HSSEQ & Business Excellence
Drydocks World Dubai

I would advise all entrants to succinctly explain their project achievement related to the subject award category.

It’s important to demonstrate that the project of the entry has been actually achieved and is not an expected future delivery or simply an idea.

Therefore, I would also recommend entrants to:

  • Showcase briefly the process of the goal from its beginning to achievement
  • Include its value to the company in terms of added value to its own people, standards, financials and customers as applicable

Seatrade Maritime Awards is a prime  opportunity to get your company recognized for excellence and a source
of pride for your team members.

Awards are also a marketing tool to promote your company and its products and/or services.

And, by entering an award you supporting excellence in the maritime industry. 


Fazel A. Fazelbhoy

Chief Executive Officer
Synergy Offshore FZ LLE

Most importantly read, re-read and adhere to the Award category criteria!

Provide demonstratable facts or statistics that substantiate any claim of success. Wherever possible, ensure that there are third party testimonials to verify accomplishments. Entrants that can demonstrate a broad impact are always given additional recognition. Ensure that the submission is based on provable results and not on promises of intended successes – a track record is important.

Awards don’t win themselves – any accomplishment must be written up well so that its achievements can be appreciated by the judging panel.

 If you believe that what you have accomplished is truly worthwhile, then be brave and have faith in your accomplishments and put your best foot forward.

Work as hard on the submission of your successful achievement as you did for the achievement itself. Your submission is all that the Judges can see!

Be concise and stay within the submission guidelines and highlight what is truly remarkable in what you and your team have accomplished.  Be truthful and sincere to your achievement; do not needlessly embellish or overstate your accomplishments.  

I think it's vitally important that our industry recognises excellence and there are two aspects to this.

Firstly, when a company is being recognised, it is a tremendous morale booster for all the stakeholders and it shows to their existing and potential customers that they are the right ones to be doing business with.

Secondly, for the industry at large, to identify the leaders in the field and what does it take to achieve such excellence.


Tony Field

Vice President,  Middle East & Africa, Marine & Offshore
Lloyd's Register

My advice is above all else, be passionate about your entry.

Ensure that you meet all the document requirements for your entry.

Clearly identify what you and your company has excelled at in the last year when submitting your entry - and remember to provide evidence on how your service, initiative or achievement has benefited you and hopefully others.

 If you believe that what you have accomplished is truly worthwhile, then be brave and have faith in your accomplishments and put your best foot forward.

Work as hard on the submission of your successful achievement as you did for the achievement itself. Your submission is all that the Judges can see!

Be concise and stay within the submission guidelines and highlight what is truly remarkable in what you and your team have accomplished.  Be truthful and sincere to your achievement; do not needlessly embellish or overstate your accomplishments.  


Mazen Matar

Managing Director
Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (ASRY)

Stick to the entrance guidelines, but maximise the opportunity.

It would be a shame to see otherwise good award submissions fail because they’ve gone over the word limit, or not completed vital information, or failed to invest enough time in the application.  

Firstly, we have a responsibility to engage with the industry as a community, and contributing to awards programmes like this creates awareness, communication, and togetherness.

Secondly, the next time one your customers asks you how you compare to the competition, wouldn’t it be helpful if you had a third party endorsement such as an independently judged award?

And fiinally, what have you got to lose? 

Recognising excellence provides two things.

First, it is valuable benchmarking for all operators within the industry in the Middle East to compare and contrast themselves against, which in turn will benefit the regional maritime industry as a whole – as they say, all ships rise with the tide.

Secondly, it showcases the regional leaders to a global audience, who can then recognise that this region can operate best practice comparable with the best international standards.