Athens: The United Arab Emirates has big maritime ambitions as it became evident this week at the world’s most prestigious shipping event, the biennial Posidonia Exhibition which closes today. A total of 36 shipping industry players from the desert nation lined up their highly diverse marine offering on the 35,000 sq m floor of Posidonia Exhibition in their effort to lure Greek shipowners and the global maritime community at large.
From state of the art satellite communications manufacturers to repair service and ship spare parts providers and from fuel and lubes suppliers to ship yards, port authorities and bunkers, the Arabs from the three emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah l flaunted their comprehensive offering.
“We feel that the Greek maritime environment is the ideal place for Dubai to promote its varied maritime sector services and products”, said Nawfal Al Jourani, Communications Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority.
According to Dr Khaled Al Marzoui, CEO of Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding, their first ever participation at Posidonia aims at finding potential partners: “We are here to look for partners, to work together”, he said. “You cannot work alone, you have to work with other regions, with other companies”.
Meanwhile another Posidonia exhibitor ENOC, Dubai’s national oil company, has invested significant funds in Fujairah’s bunkering infrastructure boasting the port’s biggest plant with a capacity of 250,000 tonnes per year which will expand to 350,000 tonnes by 2015.
Arif Ahmed El Mardi, ENOC’s Manager Marketing and Direct Sales said: “This is the first time for ENOC to participate at any marine exhibition and we chose Posidonia because we want to showcase our offering for marine in Fujairah which is the world’s third largest for sale of lubricants. Our business is spread around the world and we want to expand our network by establishing our contacts and extend our supply network around Africa and other growth markets in Asia.” [06/06/14]