An Interview with Seatrade Maritime Awards Judge Mohammad Abdulrazaq Alawadhi

13 September 2020

17th edition of Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa is now open for entries.

Our team caught up with Mohammad Abdulrazaq Alawadhi from DryDocks World to talk about the judging process and the importance of recognition of the maritime excellence.

How important do you think it is that our industry recognises excellence? And how does that process help?

I believe the maritime and shipping industry has been historically, and still is, the most important business sector globally. Even though most people outside the industry may not be aware of this fact.

This was proven during the COVID-19 crisis as dependency on shipping was crucial when almost all sectors came to nearly a complete halt, while the maritime industry worked in full force to ensure all necessary supplies were transported globally, and demonstrated that the maritime industry is paramount to global trade and is robust despite the challenges.

Therefore, for our industry to recognize excellence and promote the advancement of our industry serves the maritime industry, nations’ requirements across the globe and global trade. 

As a previous judge, what do you enjoy most about being in the panel and what’s important to you in the process?

I value the ability to contribute and assist in promoting excellence in the maritime industry. And the opportunity to be part of the team that includes industry experts to learn and share the best practices. 

The purpose of the awards is to provide a platform for the industry to showcase excellence. Having judged the Seatrade Maritime Awards before, what advice would you give to entrants when compiling their entries?

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, including its value to the company in terms of added value to its own people, standards, financials and customers as applicable. 

What three things would you say to someone who was dubious of entering their project for an award to convince them to do so?

  • It’s an opportunity to get your company recognized for excellence and a source of pride for your team members.
  • Award is a marketing tool to promote your company and its products and/or services.
  • By entering an award you supporting excellence in the maritime industry. 

Even though the spotlight is on the award winners and finalists, the night is also about celebrating everyone’s hard work within the industry. As a past attendee, how you would describe your experience at the Seatrade Maritime Awards ceremony?

The evening is a great opportunity to be part of the leading global maritime event to connect with industry colleagues, owners and executives from the top maritime companies.  


Now in its 17 year, Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa celebrates the success and inspiring stories of individuals and companies in the region.
The eight new award categories focus primarily on the achievements over the last 12 months.
The winners of the Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa 2020 will be announced LIVE online on 14 December during the most prestigious maritime event of the year.