Drydocks World Chief in Top 50 Maritime Greats' List
Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman Drydocks World & Maritime world has been recognized by Tanker Shipping & Trade as being among the top 50 most influential people in the tanker industry worldwide & is one of only 4 Chairmen globally to be so recognized.
The publications annual survey profiles 50 of the sectors most influential leaders whose range of achievements is broad, covering most, if not all facets of the industry. What is not in doubt is that all those profiled represent outstanding examples of leadership, especially given their achievements against the backdrop of some of the most challenging trading conditions in a generation. The list represents leaders from 21 countries representing all of the continents & includes 4 women.
In nominating HE Buamim, the publication noted that after coming on board in 2010 to first rescue & then stabilizes DDW, the company five years on, is on an even keel winning prestigious & technically innovative & challenging projects. The nomination also commented on His Excellency’s increased role on the international stage championing green technologies, sensible regulations and greater international awareness. Special mention was made of the project championed by Buamim to convert two Aframax tankers to modular capture vessels for AET operating in the Gulf of Mexico USA
The Industry Top 50 Most influential is a veritable “Who’s Who’ in the sector & includes luminaries such as HE Abdalla Salem Al Badri, Secretary General OPEC, Khalid Al Falih, President & CECO, Saudi Aramco, Hor Weng Yew, President & CEO, AET, Moten Engelstoft, CEO, Maersk Tankers, Bob Bishop, Executive Director, V Ships, Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO, Univan Ship Management, John Ridgway, CEO, BP Shipping, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading & Shipping, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD, Reliance Industries, Talal Al Khaled Al Ahmad Al Sabah, CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, to name a few.
“To be counted among such names is indeed an honor & privilege. I am humbled.” said HE Buamim commenting on his nomination. “None of what has been achieved or what is to be achieved would have been possible without the support & the direction offered to me by the wise leadership of Dubai & the UAE. Their Highnesses’ vision of making Dubai the focal centre of the maritime industry in the larger Middle East, South Asia & North Africa region & a leader in innovative & cutting edge maritime technology has enabled me focus on a sound & sustainable strategy for the business, in the development of maritime center of innovation and excellence clusters in UAE in eliciting global partnerships to develop future innovative technologies & fuels.”
This recognition also vindicates our overall strategy to focus our business in the oil, gas & energy sectors which is where the major growth lies in the immediate & medium term. In 2014 we saw a total of about 236 new tankers with a total value of US$ 8.3 billion being delivered with the average value of the top 5 new building order books being almost US$ 1 billion each. The value of the top 10 tanker fleet owners by nationality is estimated to be around US$ 155 billion & a large majority of these represent countries to who we provide services on a regular basis. Both these factors & a continuing demand for these products bodes well for the future growth & ongoing sustainability of our business” he added