Abu Dhabi Ports and Mauritius Ports Authority signed an agreement to pool combined expertise in order to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, "from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry."
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, and chairman, Mauritius Ports Authority, Ramalingum Maistry.
Under the MoU, Abu Dhabi and Mauritius are due to explore areas of collaboration between the private and public sectors, as well as how to ensure the security and safety of passengers, crew, ships and port facilities.
The agreement will see the ports research the most effective use of tugboats, as well as training initiatives for engine and deck officers.
The two organizations will work together on the cruise industry sector via helping Port Louis Harbour to position itself in the Indian Ocean Circuit as well as to tap into potential cruisers from the Arabian Peninsula.
Additionally, the parties aim to attract more cruise companies to the region and explore new routes like UAE - Indian Ocean, Southern and Eastern Africa.