Italy-based classification society RINA Group has entered into a framework agreement with UAE-based Drydocks World – Dubai to provide certification and engineering services.
As part of the deal, Drydocks World will use RINA’s knowledge to provide assistance with project management and ship classification as well as certification for a number of projects such as floating hotels, mega yachts, special project vessels, underwater units and warships.
The agreement is part of Drydocks World’s aim to deliver excellence in ship repair, ship conversion and ship building processes.
Further, the deal is intended to improve the role of the UAE and meet the Dubai Emirate’s goal to expand presence in vessel classification in the Arabic, Middle and Far Eastern regions.
Drydocks World and Maritime World chairman Khamis Juma Buamim said the agreement with RINA will open a way for the company to improve its services for the most complex projects.
"The MoU will provide the desired momentum in terms of sophisticated vessel repair, conversion and construction in the military sector," Buamim said.
"It will also complement our project management and technical capabilities in the high-potential yacht repair and maintenance segment as well as complex underwater structures that require continuous survey during construction to ensure conformation to class and statutory issues."
According to Drydocks World, RINA is known to be an authoritative member of key international organisations such as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and a major contributor in developing new legislative standards.
UAE Ambassador in Rome Abdul Aziz Bin Nasser Alshamsi said bilateral trade has grown by 26% compared to 2011, making the UAE as Italy’s first and largest trading partner among all the Arabic countries, as well as the most important strategic partner in the Middle East.
"Enhancing the partnership between Emirates Classification-Tasneef, a classification society specialising in the maritime sector, and the RINA Group will help further develop its ability to provide a world-class service for shipbuilding, conversion and refit, as well as ongoing military programmes," Alshamsi said.
Image: Executives of both companies signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo: Drydocks World.