The Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre (ADGMAC) and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance arbitration and mediation services for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) maritime industry.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Mr. Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Dubai Maritime Cluster Office at DMCA, shared Dubai’s priorities as a major maritime hub of the Middle East. Mr. Jourani noted that innovation is the cornerstone of Dubai’s strategy to be attractive to the shipping community.
The Maritime Law to be implemented by the UAE, aims to protect abandoned seafarers, extinguish ‘ghost ships’ in its waters and allow 100% foreign ownership of maritime companies. The maritime law will come into force by early next year.
The United Arab Emirates has released a Qatari naval vessel and four sailors who were on board the ship and held for about a week. This comes during a boycott of Doha by the federation and three more Arab nations. Qatar claimed that that the boat was carrying out routine operations in Qatari territorial waters when it suffered a ‘technical fault.’
The UAE has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar, enforced under a political and economic boycott of Doha, according to port circular. An Abu Dhabi Ports circular cancelled previous directives that banned cargoes of Qatar origin from UAE waters and ports, and those of UAE origin from Qatar.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced, on December 11, that the company has safely loaded, for the first time, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Propylene onto the same vessel, which was docked in Ruwais, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, Transparency International said that the IMO should give the new working group a remit that allows it to effectively increase public scrutiny and civil society participation. The NGO is also worried that some of the Member States could obstruct IMO’s reform.
The development works include deepening of berths, and establishment of quays and storage areas to accommodate the expected growth in cargo traffic. Furthermore, the development incorporates a 1,000 m quay, a 300,000 m² storage yard, and deepening of berths to a draft of 16.5 m.
Hong Kong-based port operator, Hutchison Ports, announced that it was awarded a concession to operate the Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain, a key entry-exit point for container, general, Ro-Ro and bulk cargo in the northern UAE.
The United Arab Emirates Transport Authority has banned all ships of the Indian Varun Resources Limited from calling the country’s ports, due to repeated crew abandonment offences.
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