The IMarEST (est 1889) is a membership body/learned society with 20,200 members across 128 countries. It promotes the development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide. The IMarEST is a NGO with consultative status at the IMO.
The IMarEST UAE branch strives to enrich the regional maritime industry, independent of employers’ patronage of professional development. We believe that an investment in the maritime services environment yields the best interest in terms of nurturing the talent pool and creating a solid foundation for marine professionals. This boosts regional maritime competitiveness commensurate with Dubai’s ambitious vision of being one of the world’s leading maritime centers by 2021.
UAE Shipping Association
The UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) was established to promote and protect the interests of ship owners and the shipping community of the UAE, whilst also providing a common platform for interaction within the rest of the industry. UAESA will endeavor to be a focal point between the industry and the authorities. If required, the Association shall provide competent marine advisors for support as UAE representation at various marine forums. UAESA will promote the UAE flag internationally by proposing suitable amendments to the authorities. UAESA will encourage marine knowledge through education and training for the benefit of the UAE shipping community.
BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with over 2,100 members in more than 120 countries. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. BIMCO’s mission is to be at the forefront of global developments in shipping, providing expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses. Our vision is to the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global shipping industry.
- Our products include BIMCO’s world leading standard contracts and clauses for the shipping industry and our contract editor IDEA. We also run the BIMCO Shipping KPI System which can be used to benchmark ships’ operational performance.
- Regulation: BIMCO takes an active role on behalf of shipowners during discussions and decisions with global and regional regulators. We work towards a level playing field for shipping – including fair trade and open access to markets.
- Information and advice: we deal with 10,000 member queries every year on many issues and see over three million page views on our website each year. Our staff share their expert knowledge with members, giving practical advice to safeguard and add value to their businesses.
- Our training activities include face-to-face courses, eLearning, webinars and tailor-made courses for companies.
Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries
The Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) is a specialized industry council (non-profit trade and industry council) formed in 2013 to promote the interests of the marine and maritime industry in Dubai and the UAE.
DCMMI was set up with the aim to plan and implement economic strategies that promote Dubai and the UAE as a global hub for marine and maritime industries and services and sea transportation which focus on excellence, investment and talent building.
DCMMI represents a wide cross-section of the UAE’s marine and maritime industry and companies whose activities are directly related to the industry.
Organisation of the Islamic Shipowners Association
OISA as an affiliated institution to the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was set up to serve Islamic Ummah in maritime transportation field according to the Third Summit Conference of the OIC countries in 1981, Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia. OISA aims to enhance trade exchange and cooperation among Islamic countries in the field of maritime transport and increase cooperation amongst them.
1. Islamic Protection and indemnity Club
2. Bakkah shipping Company
3. Cooperative information system
Tel: +966 2 6636584 / 6637882 / 6653379
Fax: +966 2 6604920
Indian National Shipowners’ Association
Pakistan Ship’s Agents Association (PSAA)
Pakistan Ship's Agents Association (PSAA) was formed in 1976 and is the sole Trade Association representing Shipping Agents which is licensed on all Pakistan basis by the Ministry of Commerce, Directorate General of Trade Organizations (DGTO) under The Trade Organizations Act, 2013. PSAA comprises over 70 reputed members handling the vast majority of vessels calling at Pakistani Ports.
PSAA enjoys a high reputation at all official levels including Ministry of Ports & Shipping, Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, Customs, etc. Our representatives serve on several high profile committees formed by the Government from time to time and strive to make a positive contribution to the long term progress of the Ports and Shipping industry in Pakistan.
The Nautical Institute, head quartered in London, is the recognized International Professional body for qualified Mariners and others associated with the Maritime Industry. Our paramount aim is to promote high standards of SAFETY, Knowledge, Qualifications and Competence amongst Mariners who are in control of sea-going ships & boats, both afloat and ashore. Nautical Institute has over 82 Branches all over the world.
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has been established in 1974 in London and is an international organization for women in management positions involved in maritime transportation business and related trades. WISTA aims to be a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus, WISTA sets out to enhance members’ competence and empower career success. WISTA counts around 1,800 individual members in 35 national WISTA associations.
WISTA UAE was established by Jasamin Fichte in 2010 and as the first WISTA organization in the Middle East has by now more than 60 active members.
The UAE chapter’s mission is to raise awareness of the Middle East shipping industry amongst professional women inside the country and abroad, to encourage more to join the maritime & trading sector and to build a network platform for women within mainly male dominated industries.
Mission to seafarers
Mission to Seafarers has supported the maritime community in the UAE since 1962, visiting ships at anchor daily and brings the thousands of seafarers around the UAE, support and welfare ranging from counseling to mediation, advocacy, and humanitarian aid in times of emergency such as being stranded without pay, injured, denied shore leave, shipwrecked, and victims of piracy. The Angel Appeal is a project by Mission to Seafarers that funds support for seafarers in the UAE and the MV Flying Angel. In 2016 we assisted 1589 seafarers who were stranded without pay, and visited 30,081 seafarers. The MV Flying Angel is a ship operated by Mission to Seafarers based in Fujairah that visited 2442 ships at anchorage there in 2016. Mission to Seafarers is a registered NPO in the UAE, #150069.
Conqueror Freight Network
Conqueror Freight Network (CQR) is a group of carefully-selected freight forwarders in each major sea/airport which cooperate reciprocally and securely to expand their businesses, reduce costs and risks, and compete on more equal terms against the largest international companies.
Because CQR only accepts 1 agent per city the selection process is rigorous. An external auditor (Dun & Bradstreet) checks every potential agent (CQR is the only network in the world to do this).
Every CQR membership should be productive with members seeing significant inward business and this is monitored through a quarterly survey.
Carefully selected members coupled with disciplined cooperation provide the trust needed to form long-term business relationships.
Globalia Logistics Network
Globalia Logistics Network is an exclusive network of the highest calibre freight forwarders in each key air/seaport worldwide who actively co-operate to reduce costs and risks and grow their businesses together through mutual cooperation to beat the leading multinationals.
Having only 1 agent per territory, we carry out a rigorous selection process which allows us to choose only the best agent for each city.
Our members report an increase in inward business and flourishing new business relationships with trustworthy and reliable partners since joining Globalia.
Specialist Freight Networks (SFN)
Based in London, UK, Specialist Freight Networks (SFN) exists to facilitate the safe and profitable exchange of business between its Members. SFN, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, is an International Group of Exclusive and non-Exclusive Specialist Freight Networks operating under one unifying umbrella. SFN links together 255+ elite independent small and medium sized Freight Forwarders in 113 countries, who are united in their quest to find global, trusted, specialist agents. Experts in their respective fields, SFN Members are able to handle the requirements of global importers and exporters, in an efficient and professional manner.
The Cooperative Logistics Network
The Cooperative Logistics Network is a capped, non-exclusive alliance of hand-picked freight forwarders in each major air/ seaport who co-operate in a financially secure environment to reduce costs and risks and grow their businesses by actively working together to compete against the largest multinationals. The Cooperative Logistics Network does not believe in claiming a membership fee and offering its members nothing in return. On joining the network, members immediately gain a global brand, a directory of reliable, financially secure agents who actively work together to bid for the largest contracts and negotiate lower rates from carriers and insurers.
World Freight Network (WFN)
World Freight Network, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, successfully links together 265+ independent freight forwarders in 113+ countries. Based in London, UK, WFN exists to facilitate the safe and profitable exchange of business between its Members. WFN recruits strong, high calibre forwarders, dedicated to providing an excellent service. Upon joining WFN, forwarders are introduced to an international group of proficient, vetted partners all sharing one goal: to increase business volumes. WFN has achieved a truly global presence and its Members have the local expertise necessary to meet the demanding requirements of the world's top importers and exporters.