The UAE has ratified key International Maritime Conventions and Protocols as part of its efforts to develop maritime and shipping sector.
This is expected to strengthen UAE's position in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and among other IMO member states.
The ratification came after a series of preparations by the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) - Land and Maritime to meet the international requirements and standards set by IMO, including the implementation and enforcement of the international conventions and protocols in all relevant national maritime activities.
The UAE has ratified the following international conventions and protocols:
• Ballast Water Management Convention 2004;
• Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines 1966;
• Protocol of 1988 relating to; International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (Solas);
• International Convention for Safe Containers (1972).
Dr Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and chairman of the FTA - Land and Maritime, noted the efforts exerted by the FTA in cooperation with all concerned authorities in the UAE, highlighting the FTA’s commitment to international standards and compliance with international maritime conventions and protocols.
He added that the authority has developed the working plans to meet the international requirements, and lauded the country’s efforts to improve the maritime sector and help create a safe and secure marine environment for a sustainable maritime community.
The confirmation to comply with international maritime conventions and protocols will enhance the country’s activities related to the safety of lives at sea, provide secure conditions for international shipping, and establish better conditions for safe navigation for sea cargo and passenger transport.
Al Nuaimi added: “The UAE has several competitive advantages to qualify for membership in the IMO Council and enjoys strong capabilities at par with countries with advanced maritime industries, a number of which have major interests in international maritime trade.”
“The UAE also enjoys a strategic location, ideal for doing business in the Arab Gulf and the broader Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service