TASNEEF endorsed by the UAE NTA
The Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the UAE National Transport Authority (NTA). H.E. Dr Abdullah Al Nuaimi, has issued a decision acknowledging Emirates Classification TASNEEF as a Recognised Organization (RO) acting on behalf of NTA for statutory certification.
Dr Nuaimi noted that TASNEEF is the first official Classification Society in the Middle East, adding that it has turned the UAE into a pioneer in shipping industry. He also said the establishment of TASNEEF last year gives a strong push for UAE shipping and Maritime Industries.
According to the decision, TASNEEF has become the recognised organization to provide statutory certificates to UAE-registered vessels.
TASNEEF CEO Rashed Mohammed Al Hebsi praised the decision which he said came when the agency has been recognised internationally. He said the recognition is a major step that will allow TASNEEF to expand its services to the shipping sector in the UAE.
Mr Alhebsi noted that shipping in the UAE, the second largest Arab economy, has steadily grown over the past years because of an upturn in most economic sectors and intensified oil exploration operations, adding that 60 per cent of the global fleet passes through the Gulf.
Dubai also has the largest dry-docks in the region while Fujairah has
become among the largest five bunker suppliers in the world.
“TASNEEF is the first national classification society in the UAE and it aims to contribute to enhance the safety of UAE-flag vessels…it opens broad horizons for UAE engineers to work in the shipping industry,” Mr Alhebsi said.
TASNEEF has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai’s Dry-docks company for the exchange of expertise and offering classification services for shipyards in the UAE.
It has also signed an agreement with the Italian Classification Society (RINA), under which it will receive technical and administrative assistance from the Italian company. The agreement also stipulates for training of TASNEEF Surveyors, Inspectors, and Engineers by the Italian Society.
TASNEEF was established in 2012 as the first Classification Society in the UAE and the Arab region. It will be the preeminent Classification Society in the UAE.