How Dubai adds value as a dynamic maritime center

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. 

UAE releases Qatari boat and four sailors

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.’

UAE partly mitigates Qatar shipping ban

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.

LPG, Propylene loaded onto the same vessel for the first time

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).

Abu Dhabi Ports to develop Port of Fujairah

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.

Hutchison Ports to run Ahmed Bin Rashid Port

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.