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Lloyd's Register in UAE maritime training venture

Dubai: Lloyd's Register has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates International Maritime Academy (EIMA) to collaborate in providing maritime training programmes in addition to organising maritime seminars and workshops in the UAE. This co-operation reflects EIMA's strategy to enhance collaboration with maritime organisations and leading academic institutions in the region to exchange knowledge and expertise.

Under the MoU, EIMA and Lloyd's Register jointly will offer and develop compact maritime courses in the fields of security, safety and ship classification in addition to organising maritime seminars and workshops. The MoU also includes collaborative efforts to establish a "Marine Centre of Excellence" within the Dubai Maritime City Campus (DMC Campus). The MoU was signed by Capt. Jaafar Sidin, Director of DMC Campus & EIMA; and John Curley, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Senior Vice President- Marine for the Middle East and Africa.

John Curley commented: "Dubai Maritime City has been conceptualised to be the next-generation standard in maritime development. We consider it an honour to be part of this groundbreaking project and look forward to collaborating with EIMA in providing a top-of-the-line maritime training programme that will help keep the region in pace with the latest world maritime developments. Lloyd's Register has an unparalleled record in supporting marine industry academic and training institutions world-wide. We are very proud to have been invited to support EIMA at this exciting time for the development of shipping in the UAE."
 
EIMA was established by the Dubai Maritime City Authority to provide marine-oriented academic programmes, serving as a world-class training ground for future professionals in the maritime sector. The academy is based within the DMC Campus, the region's first maritime educational campus that will be able to accommodate over 1,300 students and will host several world-renowned universities and institutes.
 
Capt. Jaafar Sidin, Director of DMC Campus & EIMA said: "We are working continually to expand and enhance the number of different subjects and quality of the courses available at the EIMA in the region. With the new partnership with Lloyd's Register, we aim to match the increasing demands of the maritime sector in the region by providing maritime security and safety programs and specialised maritime seminars and workshops. Among the courses that will be covered by the MoU are International Maritime Safety Management Code or ISM, Risk Management, and International Ship & Port Facility Security Code or ISPS, in addition to courses in tanker safety."  [30/09/08]

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