Tasneef issues certificates for ADNATCO container ships
Tasneef has signed an agreement to issue inspection and quality certificates for two container ships owned by Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company (ADNATCO), one of the largest tanker and ship-building companies in the UAE.
The agreement is considered the first of its kind in the local maritime industry and is part of Tasneef’s ambition to provide an Arab alternative for classification services and the issuance of inspection and technical examination certificates for ships and maritime facilities in the Middle East.
Under the agreement, the ‘Emirates Classification Society’ will issue classification and calibration certificates for two of ADNATCO’s container ships (Al Bazm-II and Al Sadr-I).
In addition to conducting classification and legal surveying under the national flag; and accrediting the designs by its engineering department, Tasneef will also provide technical support and consulting service for ADNATCO.
“Our agreement with ADNATCO is considered as significant step to improve our services and the classes of ships we classify, and it represents a push to establish ourselves in the classification industry nationally and regionally,” said Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO of Tasneef.
”We used to depend on container ship rental services from other countries,” he added, “and today we are proud to have major fleets completely owned by national companies such as ADNATCO.”
AlHebsi added that Tasneef was able to provide ADNATCO and other national companies contracting with the classification society that it will “provide classification and inspection services with a quality comparable to, if not exceeding those services provided by foreign classification societies”.
Al Hebsi said this was possible “because we know this region and we understand its characteristics, and we succeeded in developing technical standards that raise safety standards and operational savings by up to 15%”.
Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni, CEO of ADNATCO and NGSCO, said that the agreement was the first step in a much deeper relationship with Tasneef in the future.
“We signed this agreement to classify two of our container ships by Tasneef, with complete coverage of classification and legal requirements,” he said. “This step represents the beginning of a long standing cooperative relationship between us, and we are currently working on expanding our cooperation in the future to include a wider range of offshore container ships”.
Tasneef is aiming to take over 50% of the classification services market in the Arab world currently taken up by foreign classification societies.