The two organisations will also work together on the cruise industry sector by helping Port Louis Harbour to position itself in the Indian Ocean Circuit and to tap into potential cruise visitors from the Arabian Peninsula. Additionally, the two parties aim to attract more cruise lines to the region and explore new routes such as UAE - Indian Ocean and Southern and Eastern Africa.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Mauritius Ports Authority to further develop the maritime industry by pooling our combined expertise and experience. Our collaboration plays a pivotal role in accelerating global growth opportunities for both parties. Trade across the Indian Ocean has been a key bridge between East and West throughout history, and Abu Dhabi’s strategic location makes us the ideal partner for organisations in both parts of the world.”
Mr Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman, Mauritius Ports Authority, said: “Global economic investment in Africa continues to grow reflecting both the increasing business opportunities and strategic location.”
“Given the expertise of Abu Dhabi Ports in developing world class facilities and infrastructure we are confident that this agreement will fulfil our needs and allow us to raise awareness of Mauritius as the preferred maritime gateway for Africa .“
Captain Adil Banihammad, Acting CEO of Safeen, who will act as the main liaison between the two organisations, said: “Our value creation strategy at Safeen is guided by our drive to build win-win partnerships with port operators and their communities overseas. We are confident that our partnership with the MPA will help us build greater synergies and improve efficiency by sharing industry-shaping data, knowledge and expertise, enhancing the way we do business.’’
He concluded: “We look forward to sharing our maritime legacy and expertise with MPA in a joint mission to address the industry’s most pressing issues, including health, safety and environment management.”
The maritime sector is a vital part of Mauritius’ economy, with the country’s principal gateway, Port Louis Harbour, handling 99% of external trade. The MPA provides port infrastructure and superstructure and marine services and navigation aid and oversees all port activities and environmental issues.
Abu Dhabi Ports owns, manages and operates 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and abroad, while the Mauritius Ports Authority regulates the port sector in the Republic of Mauritius, including Rodrigues.
About Abu Dhabi Ports
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in addition to the Port of Fujairah, as well as the trade and logistics hub, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), in which Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone attracts direct investments to over 100 km2 of free zone opportunities, the largest in the Middle East region.
Inaugurated on Dec 12, 2012 by President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalifa Port is the flagship port of Abu Dhabi Ports and is considered to be the first semi-automated container port in the region. Abu Dhabi Ports also owns 50% of Abu Dhabi Terminals, which operates and manages Khalifa Port Container Terminal with a full suite of logistics solutions to benefit trade partners and shipping lines. Abu Dhabi Ports has signed concession agreements at Khalifa Port with two of the world's largest shipping lines - COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. Abu Dhabi Ports plans to expand the current capacity at Khalifa Port from 5 million TEU (total capacity of Khalifa Port terminal 1 and CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal) to 9.1 million TEU over the next five years.
Abu Dhabi Ports’ subsidiaries include Abu Dhabi Marine Services “SAFEEN”, providing a comprehensive range of marine, navigational and ancillary quayside services as well as VTS Services and fleet maintenance in a safe, secure and efficient manner; Maqta Gateway, developer and operator of the first port community in the emirate; and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, the first permanent cruise terminal in the region. To meet the increasing demand of cruise liners and passengers, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was developed, offerings cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. Additionally, Abu Dhabi Ports also manages the Maritime Training Centre at Musaffah Port.
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