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Dubai Drydocks World transfers fleet classification to Tasneef

Dubai Drydocks World transfers fleet classification to Tasneef
Dubai Drydocks World has transferred its 11-strong fleet of vessels to UAE classification society Tasneef to carry out oversight and maritime survey.

Three vessels, Shindagha-5, Umm Suqeem and Zabeel-4 have been thoroughly surveyed, Tasneef said, while the rest will also be subject to standard classification rules and UAE flag statutory requirements of the society set up in late 2012.

Dubai Drydocks World and Maritime World chairman Khamis Buamim said: “This contract allows ship owners to receive the national classification which helps in raising the UAE flag high, and increasing the carrying capacity of ships, contributing to the enhancement of services in the national maritime sector.

“Simultaneously, it ensures the success of Emirates Classification Society (Tasneef) in becoming one of the world’s most prominent classification societies through providing high quality services.”

Tasneef ceo Rashed Al Hebsi said the new classification society would issue compulsory certificates that conform to the international standards required to guarantee the safety of the ship’s body and engine, the safety of the crew on board and the maritime environment as a whole, under the terms of SOLAS and MARPOL.

Tasneef signed a similar deal with Abu Dhabi Ports Company in May for it to survey ADPC Marine Services' tugs for a period of five years.

Tasneef said the UAE was recognised as a critical port of call for maritime transport, and a major supplier of energy resources to the world. With demand for energy efficiencies and environmental protection initiatives increasing, Tasneef has set itself the goal of being leading classification society in the UAE and the region.

“We have assembled a group of professional and experienced staff to conduct our business, expand in areas of need for the UAE's interest, and to grow our company world-wide,” it said.

Speaking to Seatrade Global on 22 May at the ceremony launching the UAE “Emiratiyah” LNG harbour tug project set up in association with Wartsila, Al Hebsi said that this year Tasneef expected to sign three projects with local UAE entities, one of which was engaged in shipbuilding in Europe.

“Tasneef is the classification society for these projects. We are planning to announce this shortly,” he said. “We have already adopted the requirements of all international organisations. Recently, [a number] clients have transferred [to us].”

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