July 2, 2019
Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed an agreement to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry.
Under the MoU, MPA and Abu Dhabi Ports 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 is set to see the two ports research the most effective use of tugboats, as well as training initiatives for deck and engine officers.
The two organisations are expected to 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.
Mr Ramalingum Maistry, chairman of Mauritius Ports Authority, noted, “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,” Maistry added.
Mr Adil Banihammad, acting CEO of Safeen, who will act as the main liaison between the two organisations, remarked that its partnership with the MPA aims to build greater synergies and improve efficiency by sharing industry-shaping data, knowledge and expertise, enhancing the business opportunities.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said, “Our collaboration plays a pivotal role in accelerating global growth opportunities for both parties. Trade across the Indian Ocean has been the main 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.”
The maritime sector is a vital part of Mauritius’ economy, with the country’s principal gateway, Port Louis Harbour, handling 99 per cent of external trade. The MPA provides port infrastructure and superstructure and marine services and navigation aid and oversees all port activities and environmental issues.