May 21, 2024

Informa Markets partners with IMarEST UAE for a globally competent maritime workforce

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Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of IMarEST UAE Branch, with Arshed Hussain, Middle East Sales Manager, Seatrade Maritime. Image Courtesy-Seatrade Maritime

Informa Markets and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology UAE (IMarEST UAE) announced a strategic partnership for the upcoming Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East 2023.

The collaboration sets out to showcase the key role of maritime engineers in maintaining the proper functioning of vessels and spotlight their role in keeping world trade and global economies running. Taking place on 16-18 May 2023, the event that is at the heart of the UAE Maritime Week will be held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.

Industry sources added that the UAE’s active role in strengthening its maritime economy and contributing to the growth of the global industry calls for significant development in the sector. To this end, the country has been investing in infrastructure, technology, and its workforce – all of which the shipping industry relies heavily on. One of the most important aspects to further strengthen the nation’s position as a leading maritime hub is a well-trained local workforce.

This includes skilled marine engineers who are integral to constructing and maintaining ports, ships, and other essential infrastructure. Additionally, the country’s oil and gas sector, being a vital source of income, also requires expertise in offshore drilling, extraction, and transportation, made possible through innovative marine engineering and technology.

Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE Branch stated: “IMarEST UAE is a staunch advocate of excellence in marine engineering, science, and technology. With the maritime industry poised for unprecedented growth, we provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices among marine professionals. Our mandate is to ensure that standards are maintained, and knowledge is shared globally, thus raising the industry’s bar. Our partnership with Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East aligns with this vision. In the 2023 edition, we are excited to be part of a cutting-edge feature – the Innovation Incubator. This platform will showcase the trailblazing efforts of start-ups and innovators who are spearheading the development of breakthrough technology, projects, and processes designed to optimize the efficiency of the shipping business. With engaging and succinct presentations, attendees will have the chance to participate in a Q&A session and cast their votes on the feasibility of these pioneering concepts. Get ready to witness the future of the maritime sector in action.”

Arshed Hussain, Middle East Sales Manager, Seatrade Maritime stated: “Marine engineering is crucial for the development of various industries, including maritime. We are delighted to be partnering with IMarEST to highlight the importance of the field for the sector’s progress. This collaboration will encourage knowledge transfer regarding the fundamentals of marine engineering, the latest trends and technologies, and the current challenges. It will also help Seatrade Martieim Logistics Middle East gain a wider audience of IMarEST members from shipping, energy, manufacturing, ship repair, surveying, and classification. Most importantly, it will contribute to the greater goal of enhancing the UAE’s position as a leading maritime hub globally.”

Industry sources added that the interdependence of these sectors on the expertise of marine engineers and the resulting impact on the global economy indicates a sustained demand for such professionals in the long term. Further education and certification opportunities that can enhance the career prospects of talents in the industry and competitiveness in the country are a must. In this regard, leading authorities in the field such as IMarESt play a vital role.

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