LONDON, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime, FTA, has met with Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, in the latter's office at the IMO's headquarters in London.

Dr. Al Nuaimi congratulated Lim for adopting a strategy to reduce emissions from ships while stressing that the UAE supports this strategy, which is in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, UN, and the Paris Agreement.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the latest maritime developments and the UAE's role in protecting the rights of sailors.

Dr. Al Nuaimi highlighted the importance of preventing illegal practices related to forging ship records, as well as the UAE's desire to foresee the future of the maritime sector, including the organisation's efforts to develop self-driven ships while noting that the IMO's strategy aims to utilise technological developments and new technologies in its organisational framework, as well as to ensure safety and security and protect the marine environment.

Lim praised the UAE's success in acquiring IMO membership and expressed his happiness at the country's performance, as an efficient member of the IMO working team.

The IMO thanked the UAE for its report to its legal committee related to the actions of the FTA to prohibit ships flying the flag of Micronesia, which is not an IMO member country, from entering Emirati ports. The decision was based on communications with the government of Micronesia, which informed does not have any international ship records. Therefore, the organisation will consider undertaking efficient procedures to face these practices.

As part of its 70th-anniversary celebrations, the IMO held a global forum to discuss its achievements and how to benefit from current and future challenges facing the maritime transport sector, to promote and continue sustainable development.

During the forum, Dr. Al Nuaimi noted the importance of analysing the current situation, closing policy gaps, and adopting suitable solutions to implement international conventions.

Source: Emirates News Agency