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DNV GL Maritime ceo Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen and DMCA executive director Amer Ali

DNV GL inks ‘innovation’ agreement with Dubai Maritime City Authority

Norway-headquartered classification society DNV GL has partnered with the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) to explore smart shipping, digitalisation, big data and real time information management initiatives.

The ‘Maritime Innovation Cooperation Agreement’ will draw in local universities, higher education institutes, research organisations and other government bodies across the UAE to identify potential “innovation programs”.

DMCA, the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, says the partnership is designed to not only benefit Dubai but the wider Middle East maritime sector.

“Innovation, research and technology are certainly essential factors for DMCA to provide an internationally recognized maritime cluster and enhance the sector’s efficiency and global competitiveness,” said DMCA executive director Amer Ali.

“In navigating through this path, it is important that DMCA establishes the right tools and methods in order to manage the impact as well as the opportunities that new technologies present to us.”

Ali described the co-operation as the next step in Dubai’s vision to become a “world-class maritime gateway” by “investing in research and innovation and mutually sharing knowledge and experiences on the latest shipping technology, as well as developments in environmental, safety and quality concerns.”

DNV GL Maritime ceo Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen commended DMCA’s efforts to make the local maritime sector a pivotal player in the international maritime arena.

“Dubai Maritime City Authority is taking a major step forward in terms of creating a highly competitive maritime environment with the ability to keep pace with regional and global changes,” Ørbeck-Nilssen  said.

“We are confident that our cooperation will yield positive results and further enhance growth and innovation in the local and regional maritime clusters, ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality.”

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