Abu Dhabi Ports and the Mauritius Ports Authority, MPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to collaborate on improving the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean. The agreement varies from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and advancing the cruise industry.
According to the MoU, Abu Dhabi Ports and MPA will explore areas of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as how to ensure the safety and security of passengers, crew members, vessels and port facilities.
The agreement will also see the two ports analyze the most effective use of tugboats, as well as training initiatives for deck and engine officers.
In addition, the two parties will cooperate on the cruise industry sector by helping Port Louis Harbour to position itself in the Indian Ocean Circuit and to tap into cruise visitors from the Arabian Peninsula. Moreover, the two parties aspire to attract more cruise lines to the area and explore new routes such as UAE – Indian Ocean and Southern and Eastern Africa.
Speaking about the agreement, Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of Mauritius Ports Authority, said that:
Global economic investment in Africa continues to grow reflecting both the increasing business opportunities and strategic location. Given the expertise of Abu Dhabi Ports in developing world-class facilities and infrastructure we are confident that this agreement will fulfill our needs and allow us to raise awareness of Mauritius as the preferred maritime gateway for Africa
The maritime sector is considered crucial for Mauritius’ economy, with the country’s main gateway, Port Louis Harbour, handling 99% of external trade.