Abu Dhabi and Mauritius partner to boost cruise and maritime sectors
Abu Dhabi Ports and the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) have signed an agreement to pool their combined expertise to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Ramalingum Maistry, chairman, Mauritius Ports Authority.
Under the MoU, Abu Dhabi Ports and MPA will explore areas of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as how to ensure the safety and security of passengers, crew members, vessels and port facilities.
The agreement will also see the two ports research the most effective use of tugboats, as well as training initiatives for deck and engine officers.
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.