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UAE Shipping Association joins the ICS

The UAE has become the 38th member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The signing ceremony was held at the opening of the second day of Seatrade ShipTech Middle East conference in Dubai.

Abdulkareem Al Masabi, chairman of the UAE Shipping Association said joining the ICS would strengthen the membership position of the UAE in the IMO and strengthen the UAE as a flag state, while giving UAE ship owners a platform to voice their opinions and be heard.

ICS chairman, Esben Poulsson said: “The UAE has a proud history of looking to the sea for its future. From the early 1900s when Dubai was declared a free port to today when the UAE places seaport infrastructure quality at the heart of Vision 2021. It is therefore only natural that as the representatives of the world’s national shipowner associations we should want to further cement our relationships to ensure that we work as effectively as possible in support of a global regulatory framework for shipping.”

He added: “The UAE has been leading the way when it comes to the energy transition. As the ICS looks to shape the future of shipping we can only benefit from the experience and leadership that the UAE is providing at this time of transformation for the maritime sector.”

The UAE Shipping Association was officially established in May 2007 and has 32 members. Al Masabi said the association’s members would now be able to take an active part in the working groups and committees hosted by the ICS, and the association can create and develop practices and guidance informed by international knowledge.

The London-based ICS was founded in 1921. In addition to its 38 full members, it has 11 associate members and claims to represent 80% of the world’s tonnage. Esben Poulsson, chairman of the chamber said at the signing ceremony that the ICS had been underrepresented in the Middle East. “Our credibility becomes greater with the more members we have.”