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.
According to a statement, the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes working together on port infrastructure, security issues and ways of protecting the environment.
The agreement will 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 parties aim to attract more cruise lines to the region and explore new routes such as UAE – Indian Ocean and Southern and Eastern Africa.
Signed by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of the Mauritius Ports Authority, the agreement also underlines plans for collaboration between public and private sectors.
Shamisi 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».