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UAE launches ship owners association

UAE launches ship owners association

Dubai: Yesterday marked the launch of the UAE Ship Owners Association (UAESOA) which aims to promote the interests of UAE-based ship owners and promote the establishment of professional standards and a code of conduct and ethical industry practice. The organisation, which will be self-funding through tiered membership fees, will be affiliated to the International Chamber of Shipping.

"UAESOA has been established to provide a platform to support the interests of ship owners and the maritime industry of the UAE," said UAESOA president and Sharaf Group vc, Major General Sharafuddin Sharaf. "We aim to bring the ship owners together with, maritime suppliers, service providers and concerned members of the public, for the benefit of the wider maritime community. We welcome all the ship owners based in UAE to join the association. " 

The organisation is eager to share its views with the industry and the national/international regulatory authorities, particularly on issues such as lack of awareness of financial packages available to the industry. It can also provide competent marine advisors to enhance UAE representation at international maritime gatherings. These advisors can offer guidance and advice on compliance with UAE laws and assist the authorities in promoting regulations for the benefit of members and industry professionals alike.

Captain Jitendra Misra, UAESOA general secretary and Emarat Maritime md said, "We will have regional influence although our main activity will be in the UAE. The association has started with eight members and we are expecting up to a hundred others to join shortly."  [15/05/07]