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Friday, September 27, 2019 

In what is seen as a milestone in the UAE maritime industry, the UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) has become a full member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

This will provide a framework for closer collaboration between the two associations. The MOU signed by both parties outlines the roles that UAESA and ICS will have to represent shipowners and operators in all shipping sectors and trades across the global and regional organisations, regulators and other bodies which impact and affect the interests of international shipping.

ICS Chairman Esben Poulsson said: “The UAE has a proud history of looking to the sea for its future. From the early 1900s when Dubai was declared a free port to today when the UAE places seaport infrastructure quality at the heart of Vision 2021. It is therefore only natural that as the representatives of the world’s national shipowner associations we should want to further cement our relationships to ensure that we work as effectively as possible in support of a global regulatory framework for shipping. The UAE has been leading the way when it comes to the energy transition. As the ICS looks to shape the future of shipping we can only benefit from the experience and leadership that the UAE is providing at this time of transformation for the maritime sector.”

Representing UAESA, Chairman Capt Abdulkareem Al Mesabi, said: “As chairman of the UAE Shipping association I have the pleasure to announce that today we will be officially joining the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) as its most recent full member. The ICS has a large number of full and associated members and thus a near worldwide network. When I say 'nearly' I mean that so far the Middle East has not been represented and I am happy to close this gap and to offer UAE based shipowners a platform to voice their concerns and opinions and to be heard.”

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