July 14, 2013. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has recently concluded the Ship to Ship (STS) Provider Meeting at the DMCA Ahmed Bin Majid Meeting Room. Key stakeholders in the STS sector attended the meeting, which discussed the annual issuance of the DMCA certificate of authorization as well as pressing industry issues related to arbitration of disputes among others.
DMCA also presented its On Board STS Operational review during the STS Provider Meeting. Other topics discussed at the meeting included the conduct of emergency drills, Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and implementation and process fees.
Ali Al Daboos, Executive Director - Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “It is crucial to carefully monitor and assess the level of expertise, professionalism, compliance with regulations and willingness to go beyond the minimum standards of care among key stakeholders in the STS sector. The STS Provider Meeting is an important initiative that allows us to pursue these objectives and ultimately ensure the security, safety and sustainable growth of the maritime industry. Moreover, this initiative is part of our ongoing thrust to reinforce Dubai's status as a world-class maritime hub.”
Last year DMCA hosted the semi-annual Ship to Ship Forum, bringing the industry together to discuss how the private and public sectors can best work together to ensure the protection of Dubai and the sustainability of the industry. The STS Forum review included the United Nations International Maritime Organizations (IMO) minimum standard on the transfer of oil cargo between oil tankers at sea.