The third UAE Harbour Masters conference was held on Thursday, 26th July 2018, at Ras Al Khaimah. Harbour Masters from all ports in the UAE attended along with all the top officials from the Federal Transport Authority (FTA).
Captain Michael Magee, Group Harbour Master of RAK Ports with Captain Abdulla Al Hayyas, FTA Director of Marine Transport Affairs, organised the event. More than fifty participants attended from the marine and port industry and senior officials from FTA, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and stakeholders’ representatives.
Capt. Cliff Brand, a former Harbour Master and now Group CEO of RAK Ports opened the conference. Following the opening address, the speakers and experts from different organisations conducted a presentation session on a range of maritime topics as per below:
1. The role of the UKHO
Presented by Mr Tim Lewis, Head of Partnering and Engagement Middle East and Africa, and Mr Christopher Brice Geographic Technical Manager – Saudi Arabia to Burma and the Indian Ocean Islands, both of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).
2. Towage Safety
Presented by Mr Deepak Singh, Chief Operating Officer of Aries Marine
3. Pilot Organisational Certification against ISPO (International Standard for Pilotage Organisation)
Presented by Mr Salah Boudemala of Lloyd’s Register
4. Federal Transport Authority brief
Presented by Captain Abdulla Al Hayyas, Director of Marine Transport Affairs, FTA
5. National Air Emissions Monitoring
Presented by Ms Fatima Al Hammadi - Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
6. UAE Plan for Transport Infrastructure
Presented by Ms Hanadi Bin Darwish of EDIC/Bayanet
Captain Magee commented that he was delighted to see such a great turnout of Harbour Masters from all ports across the UAE. The aim of these conferences is to develop inter-organisational relationships and best marine practice among the ports and federal authorities. This is the third such conference and with nearly 60 attendees, it is proving to be a useful and well-respected forum.