Shipping remains unchallenged

Speaking ahead of DIMA the secretary-general of IMO announces that the shipping industry is as strong as ever.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  July 24, 2005

Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Eftimios Mitropoulos, has announced that shipping remains the world’s best choice for the efficient, viable and eco-functional transport of goods in today’s global environment. Mitropoulos was speaking in advance of a planned visit to Dubai, where he will chair the second Dubai International Maritime Awards (DIMA), the maritime honours for top achievers in West and Central Asia. “Shipping continues to reign unchallenged as the world’s most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to transport goods and materials in the global economy, and we need to do all we can to recognise, reward and promote quality whenever and wherever it is found within the industry,” he said. “Because the Middle East is a major trading region, in particular as a supplier of much of the world’s demand for oil, achieving the highest possible technical standards in shipping throughout the region is of paramount importance from both the safety and environmental viewpoints,” he added. This year’s awards will cover 10 key categories, having expanded from the inaugural awards to now include awards for dry bulk shipping, liner shipping, energy transport and maritime service sectors. Rear Admiral Mitropoulos, who is also an Honorary Member of the Federation of Shipmasters’ Association, also gave an optimistic forecast on Dubai’s aims of becoming an international maritime hub. “The geographical location of Dubai gives it an excellent opportunity to consolidate its position as a maritime centre of global significance. It has always had a particularly strong presence in the ship repair market and there is no doubt that recent years have seen Dubai record excellent growth figures and this trend seems set to continue,” he explained.

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