DMCA and DNV GL launch ‘Dubai Innovation Quay’
The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) and DNV GL have launched an ‘innovation quay’ aimed at supporting the UAE’s transformation into a global maritime hub.
The ‘Dubai Innovation Quay’ is intended to support the city’s efforts to develop innovative technologies and solutions supporting the growth and sustainability of the maritime sector.
It was launched as part of an interactive workshop on ‘Maritime Innovation and Digitisation’, discussions among high-level maritime industry leaders moderated by Shahrin Osman, head of digital solutions & advisory Middle East, DNV GL – Maritime.
DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry, and has partnered with the DMCA to advance innovation, research and development.
These activities help promote the competitiveness, inclusiveness, and attractiveness of the local maritime cluster and position the Emirate of Dubai among the world’s leading maritime capitals, said DMCA officials.
The panel discussions focused on Autonomous Waterborne Applications and Drone Applications for Maritime Reconnaissance. The digital transformation of leading regional ship owners was the major focus of extensive talks that revolved largely around Big Data analysis for the shipping industry, the maritime data platform, and sustainable water transport.
Amer Ali, executive director of the DMCA, said that the workshop marks an important milestone in promoting knowledge and transport experience relevant to research, innovation, smart navigation, digitization.
“We recognize the emerging importance of technological innovations such as Autonomous Waterborne Vessels and Drones in shaping the future of the maritime industry. We thus strive to facilitate closer communications between leaders and experts to identify clear-cut frameworks for adapting research and development, innovation, and modern technology in building an integrated and competitive maritime economy,” he said.
“At DNV GL we believe that increasing digitalization is the future of shipping, which is why we are so pleased to be working with DMCA and to be part of Dubai’s 10X Initiatives,” added Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL- Maritime. “Since the signing of this cooperation agreement only twelve months ago, we have already seen some interesting projects launched, for example a 3D ship survey simulator and zero emissions ferry concept, with several more in such key areas as predictive computational algorithms, machine learning, and data platforms in development. We look forward to a continuing and productive cooperation with DMCA, identifying new opportunities to make the maritime sector in Dubai safer, smarter and greener.”