Dubai-based port operating group DP World was the night’s big winner. CEO Mohamed Sharaf was named Personality of the Year for the continuing successful expansion of Jebel Ali and the group’s other port interests worldwide, while the Container Terminal Operating Award went to DP World – UAE region.
Guest of Honour Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, vice chairman of DP World, had earlier kicked off proceedings by presenting an upbeat assessment of future container traffic growth in the region, calling upon other ports to upgrade their facilities and levels of service to cope with the extra volumes.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran George Edward Chapman, who had begun container operations at Port Rashid back in the 1960s when the terminal was under agency control. Captain Jimmy Sarbh, former Asia chairman of P&O Ports, won the Seatrade Outstanding Achievement Award for having built up P&O’s dominant position in the Indian ports industry before it was taken over by DP World.