ABU DHABI -- The UAE was nominated as a member of the council of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, which will be elected during the organisation's 30th general assembly held from 24th November to 5th December, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, and Chairman of Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime, announced on Monday.

A permanent representative of the IMO was appointed to work under the umbrella of the UAE Embassy in London, Al Nuaimi said during a press conference.

A??s a specialised agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

"The UAE is an advanced leader in the maritime industry and has witnessed large-scale development over past years, which was the outcome of the country's expanding participation in global maritime trade and efforts to develop regional and international transport systems. The UAE is home to twenty world-class seaports, including those in Dubai. These are ranked ninth among the world's top 10 ports. The UAE ports also include three global bunkering facilities," he said.

UAE's daily oil production will be increased from 2.8 to 4 million barrels per day by 2040, where ports infrastructure will soon be upgraded from the current second level to the third level to keep pace with fast-paced global growth, he said.

DP World currently operates 77 marine and inland terminals in 40 countries, making it the largest operator in the world, and has a workforce of more than 37,000 employees in 110 countries.

The UAE, the minister added, has signed more than 25 bilateral agreement in maritime co-operation, where all government environmental plans reflect a commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions at all the country's ports by 25 percent in the period from 2020 to 2030.

Source: Emirates News Agency