Emirates Classification Society (Tasneef) has said that it is ready to step in to held the Federal Transport Authority (FTA) regulate the movement of vessels from black-listed countries in UAE waters.
H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime (FTA) sent out a circular yesterday, prohibiting vessels carrying flags of countries that are black-listed by maritime authorities to enter UAE’s ports or dock in its waters, unless they are classified by Tasneef or any member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
FTA’s circular will come into effect on January 1st, 2019. The decision was circulated to all the UAE’s ports, ship agents, owners, operators, and management companies, as well as all classification societies operating in the country.
“The decision regulates entry of ships from black-listed countries. This ensures the quality and safety of these ships by obtaining inspection and conformity certificates from classification societies accredited by the FTA,” said Dr. Aysha Al Busmait, director of Government Communications at FTA. “We reiterate our trust in all classification societies operating in the UAE, especially Tasneef, as it issues marine classification certificates that meet the highest international standards."
Saeed Al Maskari, CEO of Tasneef, said, “We strongly support FTA’s decision to prohibit entry of vessels that are not guaranteed to be in compliance with international standards in terms of safety regulations. Entry of such vessels may threaten the marine environment or cause marine accidents due to their poor conditions. They can also cause damage to ports and facilities, hindering maritime traffic. In an international maritime hub such as the UAE, there is no compromise in implementing the highest quality and safety standards.”
Since its establishment in 2012, Tasneef has been accredited by the FTA to issue marine certificates. It is also recognised by the UAE Insurance Authority, which accepts its certificates to issue marine insurance certificates for vessels and installations.
In 2016, Arab transport ministers approved Tasneef as the first Arab classification society and one of the accredited classification authorities. Recently, Tasneef signed an agreement for classification of dual-class ships with China Classification Society (CCS).
This is recognition of Tasneef’s efficient services and a testament that its inspectors and technical team are qualified to provide inspection and technical consultancy services to Chinese vessels and oil platforms in areas where CCS is not recognized.