ICS signs milestone MOU with Emirates Shipping Association


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Emirates Shipping Association for increased cooperation and collaboration towards the UNFCCC Climate Conference COP28 and beyond.

This landmark signing took place at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) headquarters in London today, at an event hosted by the UAE government, with Captain Abdulkareem Almessabi, Chairman of the Emirates Shipping Association, and ICS Secretary General Guy Platten. United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Energy and Infrastructure His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei and IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim were also in attendance.

Following the success of the Shaping the Future of Shipping conference at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, and the increase profile of shipping at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, ICS and the Emirates Shipping Association recognised the importance of COP28 and the role of shipping in the global energy transition. COP28 will be hosted in the UAE next year and the two organisations formed this milestone agreement to work with government of the UAE collaboratively in the lead up to the UNFCCC Climate Conference.

Capt. Abdulkareem Almessabi, Chairman of the Emirates Shipping Association, commented: “Emirates Shipping Association is pleased to strengthen the relationship with International Chamber of Shipping through this MOU, as we hope to take a step closer in preparing and navigating the shipping industry in the UAE towards a responsible energy landscape. Sustainability is one of the important pillars of the association and we do look forward to engaging with the private sector and building their capacity to enable transition. Our collaboration with ICS and Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) at COP 28 will mark an impact within the maritime industry.”

ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten, added: “The UAE has a strong maritime background and continues to be a critical hub for the global shipping industry. The country has an ambitious approach to the industry’s energy transition. The next few years will be critical and shipping will play a fundamental role in delivering low carbon fuels globally, acting as an enabler for governments and industries to achieve their climate targets. We look forward to working with the Emirates Shipping Association on this in the lead up to UNFCCC Climate Conference COP28 and beyond.

“Time and time again the UAE has shown its leadership in maritime issues and was in fact one of the first governments to sign up to work on the Clean Energy Marine Hubs initiative (CEM-Hubs). With His Excellency Minister Al Mazrouei at the helm for the UAE’s energy transition and working collaboratively with the Emirates Shipping Association we believe that this will be a positive and successful partnership for the industry overall”.

The CEM-Hubs initiative, which is co-led by a taskforce of CEOs, is a cross-sectoral public-private initiative aiming to accelerate the production, export and import of low-carbon fuels across the world. The initiative is co-ordinated with the support of the ICS and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

The Emirates Shipping Association was founded in 2004 and officially incorporated in 2005 to promote and protect the interests of shipowners and the shipping community of the UAE. The association became a full member of the ICS in September 2019.