Launch of Dubai Maritime Green Initiative

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Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant, Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of DDW and Jørgen Traun, Vice President & Regional Manager, DNVA new scheme has been launched in Dubai to encourage all-round environmental excellence in the maritime and allied sectors including oil, gas and energy.

Drydocks World and Maritime World, which provide a range of services to the maritime, oil and gas industries announced the launch of Dubai Maritime Green Initiative before key decision-makers from government and industry today (Wednesday).

The Initiative is underlined by MoU for a green technology transfer with leading classification society DNV and Rolls-Royce, a renowned marine systems provider.

“We are at the threshold of a new era in environment management for maritime sustainable development. Inculcation of green values has become a necessity and the Initiative seeks to achieve this by bringing together like-minded organisations and changing established mindsets to motivate the industry to embrace environment friendly technology and solutions. We seek to develop this network within the region and around the world as our primary focus. DDW will take a leadership role in implementing Green technology solutions by developing a new product the ‘Green Tug,’ a LNG powered tug which will comply with new emission control regulations. We plan to take on a leadership role in developing technological solutions by using green technology,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.

The main aim of the Initiative would be to encourage companies engaged in research and development on green design, to disseminate green solutions for efficiency improvement in the maritime industry as well as shipyard concepts, demolition and waste management, project financing, relevant equipment manufacturers and suppliers, classification societies & regulators, shipbuilding and offshore fabricators and integrated solution providers. The role of the Initiative would also to be to encourage government departments to arrive at environment friendly policies. The immediate sphere of impact will be MENA region, Indian subcontinent and Eastern Africa, the Secondary Sphere will be Europe, South East Asia, Australia and Western Africa with a Cross Territorial Sphere Impact on Pacific Ocean, Brazil and USA.

Neil Gilliver, Rolls-Royce, President – Merchant said: “We are pleased to be working with Drydocks World to integrate highly efficient LNG power and propulsion systems manufactured by Rolls-Royce into its proposed LNG-fuelled Tug. This cooperation further demonstrates our commitment to helping customers improve their operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact.”

Jorgen Traun, DNV Vice President and Regional Manager India & Middle East added: “This green initiative taken by Drydocks World is a milestone achievement for Dubai as a whole and will surely position Dubai as one of the leading maritime nation in future green shipping. It will create many opportunities and will promote a Greener Dubai and will be a step forward for the shipping industry in UAE and the Middle East region. Having over a decade of experience in LNG as marine fuel, DNV will assist this great initiative by combining our technical experience and expertise into this project. DNV is look forward in working together with Dubai Drydocks World as partners in such a meaningful and innovative project in this region.”