Maritime World, the entity set up to promote maritime excellence in the Middle East, is to reduce tariff rates along all aspects of business at Dubai Maritime City (DMC) and Jadaf from January 2013.
The reduction in rates from 2012 levels is aimed at aiding growth of the industry at a micro-level and increasing the repair and maintenance options available to small to medium size vessel owners.
Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, said: “We are able to play our part in the growth and development of the industry, especially the small scale vessel owners, and offer greater value by enhancing the quality of service delivery.
“We have pledged our support to the small boat-owners and to organisations such as the Dubai Fishermen’s Cooperative Association and other such associations which benefit small commercial fishermen. They represent our rich maritime heritage and are in danger of being phased out by the great technological strides taken by the industry. Vessel owners registered with the Dubai Fishermen’s Cooperative Association will be entitled to a further 10 percent discount on certain services,” said.
DMC and Jadaf offer ship lift operation and technical support to all vessel owners. The former has ship lifts capable of lifting 3,000dwt and 6,000dwt and the latter, which is located adjacent to Dubai Creek and is one of the oldest shipyards in the region, has ship lifts that can lift 300dwt and 2,400dwt. Both yards offer an extensive range of services through contractor companies based within the premises. There is a move to increase the berthing capacity at DMC ship lifts in the near future by adding five dry berths, each berth of 150 metres and wet berths by 200 metres. This would help address increasing demand from the region.