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DMCA unveils line-up for opening session of 3rd Dubai Maritime Week

DMCA unveils line-up for opening session of 3rd Dubai Maritime Week
Newcomers to the industry are a key target for a new day-long interactive seminar set to open Dubai Maritime Week 2016 which again features the biennial Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME) conference and exhibition.

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, today unveiled the agenda and speaker line-up for the inaugural “UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar” on 30 October.

To be hosted at The Address Hotel, Dubai and moderated by Capt. Michael Elwert, group ceo of the Elektrans Group, the seminar will set the tone as industry heavyweights share shipping’s latest insights and innovations with delegates from around the globe from 30 October – 2 November.

The UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar will explore “smart navigation” including effective communication, the development of the “human Factor” and the role of it is playing in shaping the future of the maritime sector.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Volker Bertram from DNV GL – Maritime; Oscar Levander, vp of Rolls Royce’s innovation department; and Frank Coles, president of Transas. A senior researcher from Lloyd's Register will present insight from the class society’s “Global Marine Technology Trends 2030” report in the final session.

The seminar, like the entire week which is underpinned by a smart shipping theme, aims to consolidate communication channels between “global maritime leaders, various maritime experts operating in the country” and “especially the young maritime workforce assigned across various administrative levels in the country's ports and facilities and university and college students interested in the local maritime sector”.

“The UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar complements the leading role played by the UAE in terms of fostering innovation, creativity and excellence within the maritime sector at the regional and international levels,” DMCA executive director Amer Ali said. 

“It is not surprising that Dubai will host such an interactive conference that offers a perfect opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in smart maritime navigation which has emerged as an important pillar for developing the maritime sector to keep pace with the technological developments and rapid changes of the 21st century.

“We look forward to making this symposium successful by featuring all new aspects during Dubai Maritime Week 2016 which reinforce the strong march towards leadership and excellence pursued by Dubai in organizing the world's leading maritime events to enhance UAE’s reputation as one of the world’s most important and competitive maritime hubs.”

For full details of UAE Maritime Leaders Seminar, click here 

For more information on the agenda and how to register for the 8th edition of SMME, the centrepiece of the 3rd Dubai Maritime Week which incorporates the Seatrade Tanker Middle East conference and Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian subcontinent & Africa, please click here 

The 61st International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) convention will also be held on the sidelines of Dubai Maritime Week which is to be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

The week concludes with the DMCA’s Dubai Maritime Summit 2016 on 2 November where IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim will deliver the keynote address. A ‘Dubai Maritime Innovation Award’ will also recognise ground-breaking contributions in the domestic sector for the first time at the summit.