2014-02-02 08:06:07 - As a part of its constant progress, Tasneef has successfully unveiled two new Notations for vessels operating in UAE and Sahara that will add a proprietary value to the classifications services
The Emirates Classification Authority “Tasneef” has organized its first advisory board meeting to discuss the development of maritime sector in UAE and also to remark Tasneef’s current progress and achievements. The meeting was taking place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Abu Dhabi and it was attended by CEO of Tasneef Mr. Rashed Al Hebsi, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World H.E Khamis Juma Buamim, IACS Chairman Mr. Roberto Cazzulo, Chief Operations Officer of Tasneef Mr. Omar Abu Omar, and CEO of RINA Services S.P.A Mr. Michele Francioni.
Also present were the General Manager of The FOLK Group Mr. Abdullah Obaid, as well as representatives of marine transport companies, representatives of insurance authority, ship owners and ship building companies.
meeting covered four main subjects including current and future challenges in the maritime sector, Tasneef’s new notations and recent rules, Tasneef/RINA progress in addition to maritime market updates and industrial issues. During the meeting, several participants exchanged views on ways to develop this vital sector amidst the boom witnessed by the UAE in all sectors.
Tasneef’s CEO Mr. Rashed Al Hebsi highlighted the UAE’s efforts to create an organized maritime industry based on strong regulations including training, naval industries, insurance, and maritime classification. Al Hebsi also emphasized Tasneef’s strategic partnerships with Drydocks world and the Italian classification society RINA to serve various marine sectors locally and regionally. "There are great opportunities and investments in the region and we are determined to fulfill the demands in the highest standards and professionalism and our contribution has been devoted to maritime safety and environment aiming at reducing marine incidents and focusing on building qualified national capacity to fill the gap technically and technology.” he added
Other speakers include CEO of RINA Services S.P.A Mr. Michele Francioni, who gave a screened presentation about Tasneef/RINA progress. “The mutual projects between RINA and Tasneef will boost UAE shipping services, develop a UAE national technical workforce and enhance maritime safety and environment.” said Francioni
Another speaker was IACS Chairman Mr. Roberto Cazzulo who expressed his pleasure to attend Tasneef’s first advisory board meeting. “Today’s meeting was very crucial because the classified societies needs to know the opinions of all the stakeholders. We are proud as RINA to be a partner in this board and we are happy to witness Tasneef’s progress to enhance maritime sector in UAE.” said Cazzulo
Omar Abu Omar, who has just joined Tasneef after working at a Norwegian-German classification society, has announced Sahara notation as the first specific notation which will be accommodating the requirements for maritime sector within the region. “Tasneef first advisory board meeting was a success as it has gathered more than 100 key stakeholders and this is significant for Tasneef as a new class society, representing UAE and region, to publicize its services and share its development” said Omar
Omar also clarified that Tasneef has made impressive achievements as the only agency of its kind in the Arab world to represent the UAE national flag. “Tasneef has a great potential to compete internationally so we need to provide our support for Tasneef to ensure the UAE flag will become a favorite and competitive flag in the maritime industry not only for local companies but worldwide.” added Omar