The IMarEST UAE Branch is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the Middle East maritime industry through the development of best practices in marine engineering, science & technology, and promoting sustainable shipping. They work closely with industry bodies, shipping companies, and other stakeholders to keep the regional maritime community updated on evolving regulations and provide smart solutions to improve shipping efficiency. This is accomplished through technical meetings that are accessible without charge, thanks to the support of global sponsors. The branch is run by volunteers who strive to promote the highest standards of maritime safety, manufacturing, ship management efficiency and environmental protection. They disseminate preeminent research and knowledge from international companies at the forefront of marine technology, making valuable contributions to maritime education and training. The IMarEST, headquartered in London, is highly respected as an unbiased forum for knowledge exchange and a bulwark of technical leadership in the industry.
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
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 is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Nautical institute uae branch has been one of the oldest branches outside the UK and is presently a registered entity at DAC, World Trade Center.
- Open to members from the Emirates, we are always warm to new ideas and collaborative efforts to improve maritime standards in the Middle East.
- With a rapidly growing potential to support members working predominantly offshore, the branch is continually working to engage and represent professionals at all stages of their careers and across a broad range of sea-going and shore-based roles.
Our aim is to promote professionalism, best practices and safety throughout the maritime industry and to represent the interests of our members. Currently, managed by a group of 21 volunteers comprising of 5 nationalities and 2 ladies truly representing the diversity and inclusiveness of the United Arab Emirates. Information about the branch activities can be found on https://nautinstae.com/ww/
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
Founded in 1856, The Mission to Seafarers is a global non-profit organization funded entirely by voluntary donations. Since the beginning we have had one mission; to provide compassion, care, and support to seafarers around the world when they need it most. Currently, The Mission to Seafarers has a presence in 200 ports in 50 different countries worldwide. This makes us the largest port-based welfare organization in the world. We provide support to seafarers 365 days per year, regardless of their rank, nationality, gender, or religion.
The vital, but often invisible, element in the network that makes up the economic system that we depend on are the men and women who sail the ships that keep everything moving. Their lives are stressful and can be dangerous. They contend with isolation, demanding working conditions, and not infrequent personal crises. In an emergency, The Mission to Seafarers is often the only help on offer. No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, globally, they know they can turn to us for help, advice, and support.
Visiting ships, in the various UAE ports, on a weekly basis, creates the opportunity to offer support ranging from counselling, facilitating communication with loved ones at home, providing welfare provisions such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, and medical supplies; and helping to facilitate solutions on justice issues such as being stranded without pay, injured, denied shore leave, abandoned, or shipwrecked.
The UAE branch of The Mission to Seafarers is committed to:
- Caring for any seafarer regardless of their rank, nationality, gender, or religion.
- Conducting general ship visits on a weekly basis in the various UAE ports.
- Where necessary, provide welfare provisions to seafarers onboard, either in the port or the anchorage.
- When required, to liaise with port and maritime authorities and other key stakeholders, to assist in finding solutions to justice issues such as stranded without pay, abandonment, or repatriation.
Seafarers are very often victims through no fault of their own. We practically support not only the seafarers who come through the UAE ports but also their families. It is always a joy to play a small part in enabling crews and those whom they love back at home to stay in touch. Our services are free to seafarers, and we always strive to provide holistic care in a professional, confidential, and gentle manner.
Through the work that we do and through our good working relationships with the Federal Maritime Authority and port authorities, we hope to enhance and promote good quality shipping across the UAE ports and improve the well-being of all seafarers.
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.