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New president for UAE Ship Owners Association

New president for UAE Ship Owners Association

Dubai: Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ghurair, director of Emirates Trading Agency, has been elected president of the UAE Ship Owners Association (UAESOA) at that body's second AGM in Dubai.

The UAE ship owners discussed a number of topics in which they have a common interest. Of major concern to the ship owners were banks which were taking advantage of the very poor shipping markets by imposing unfair demands and increasing lending margins. The UAE ship owners agreed to share information about banks which impose unreasonable conditions on shipping loans and collectively take action against those banks. The UAE ship owners will also share information about charterers that default or do not live up to their obligations in charter parties.

The meeting also featured a presentation about the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association by HKSOA managing Arthur Bowring.

The UAESOA was established to promote and protect the interests of ship owners based in and operating from the UAE, whilst also providing a common platform for interaction within the rest of the Industry. The next UAESOA event will be a lunch with a guest speaker sponsored by ADNATCO in Abu Dhabi on June 8.  [01/05/09]