Regional maritime sector event to be held in the UAE

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The Advisor to the UAE Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs said the Emirates is an important contributor to the international flow of trade. (WAM)
  • The region’s maritime sector will come together and discuss a wide range of topics concerning the industry's future.
  • The event’s relevance to the sector and its potential impact on the region’s economy has helped it gain the support of major industry players.

DUBAI, UAE –  Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East (SMLME) is set to take place from May 16 to 18 2023, under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, in association with Seatrade Maritime Club.

During the event, the region’s maritime sector will come together for valuable business opportunities and discuss a wide range of topics concerning the industry’s future.

The event’s relevance to the sector, and its potential impact on the region’s economy, has helped it gain the support of major industry players such as Bahri Marine Services, Abu Dhabi Maritime, DP World, and the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), among others.

Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “The UAE is an important contributor to the international flow of trade.”

He said, “Our strategic location at the crossroads of global trade routes gives us an edge over the rest of the world, cementing our position as a renowned maritime hub.”

He added, “Yet, despite our advantages, we have relied upon our zest to constantly improve and have enhanced our capabilities through innovation, advanced solutions and state-of-the-art infrastructure.”

Al Malek said, “Today, we rank third globally in the Bunker Supply Index and Transport Services Trade. We are amongst the top five key competitive maritime hubs around the world.”

He said, “The credit for our achievements goes to the 27,000+ maritime companies operating in the Emirates that have constantly raised the bar for excellence.”

He added, “To have an event such as SMLME proves essential for these organizations, as it enables them to meet and interact with one another, learning and capitalizing on each other’s expertise to achieve greater success.”

Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Managing Director, DMCA, said, “The UAE generates a mammoth revenue worth more than AED90 billion annually through the maritime sector’s contributions.”

He said, “Considering the importance of the industry in terms of its economic impact, we must invest a lot into safeguarding the sector’s interest and enhancing its capability to attract more investments and organizations to set up their facilities in the country.”

He added, “Through events such as SMLME and UAE Maritime Week, we will highlight the strategic advantage the nation has for international maritime organizations, therefore attracting their attention and investments towards the country and the region.”

Capt. Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Maritime, said, “Although the world was challenged greatly with back-to-back crises during the past couple of years, the maritime industry continued to witness steady growth.”

He said, “The credit for this remarkable progress goes to our resilience during difficult times and our ability to adapt quickly to changing scenarios. We have always focused on making the best use of the available resources and advanced digital solutions to find a way out of the crisis.”

He added, “As we remain committed to transforming Abu Dhabi into a top global maritime hub, we must have events such as SMLME that provide opportunities for everyone in the sector to engage on a common platform and devise new solutions to solve similar challenges.”

Speaking on the significance of the event on enhancing the region’s importance in seaborne trade, Abdulaziz Sabri, Acting President, Bahri Marine Services said, “Over the past four decades of our existence in the maritime industry, we have been through various changes.”

He said, “However, after what the world witnessed in 2020 with the outbreak of the pandemic, the unprecedented geopolitical situation in the north-east in the beginning of this year was one of the biggest challenges ever faced. Nevertheless, we continued to look for growth opportunities despite the roadblocks.”

He added, “Through grit, determination, and steps in the right direction, since the beginning of 2022, we have recorded a 74 percent increase in revenue. This achievement testifies to our willingness to grow and capability to drive progress despite a global crisis.”

Andrew Williams, President, Maritime Group, Informa Markets said, “Much attention is provided to digitalization and decarbonization, and how we navigate challenges in pursuit of common targets.”

He said, “The UAE is home to thousands of companies making it a top-ranking maritime hub. Through SMLME, we will be able to highlight the value these organizations add to the progress of the sector in the nation, and facilitate partnerships amongst them to further catalyze growth.”

Chris Morley, Group Director, Seatrade Maritime said, “As the world continues its progress towards returning to normalcy, the maritime industry is flooded with opportunities that must be highlighted and capitalized upon.”

He said, “SMLME will play that significant role by connecting global industry players, who will contribute to the industry’s recovery and success.”

He added, “With the support of such a power-packed line-up of maritime companies and authorities, our vision of driving the progress of the region’s maritime sector and making it a top revenue generator surely seems achievable.”