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UAE highlights importance of maintaining global supply chains

Global supply chains – In the wake of the International Maritime Virtual Summit, held to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crew changes, Suhail Bin Mohammed Al Mazroui, Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority — Land & Maritime Board of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has hailed the efforts of various international organisations, including the likes of the World Health Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation, in helping mitigate the effects of the crisis, as well as in ensuring that global supply chains remain functional.   Discussions during the summit revolved around the problems ships’ crews faced during the pandemic, and the governments and officials in attendance, representing more than a dozen countries, were pressed to find solutions to the various issues in the maritime industry.   The chairman, who is also the Minister of Energy in the UAE, remarked, “The UAE has recently announced a sweeping government restructuring, merging ministries and departments to create a more agile government that is faster in decision making and better in seizing opportunities and dealing with the new phase of the country’s history,” detailing the measures taken by the UAE to streamline the bureaucratic process in order to combat the COVID-19 crisis. Global Maritime Supply Chain The minister was optimistic about the pandemic, adding, “We are able to turn the challenges triggered by […] COVID-19 to opportunities and deliver a more sustainable future.”   He views the COVID-19 pandemic not as solely a health issue, but a comprehensive problem that impacts various aspects of people’s lives, including the maritime sector.   The minister also believes that the maritime sector will continue to evolve, saying, “In the maritime sector, we are determined to lay a special focus on digital transformation and emerging technologies,” highlighting the fact that there needs to be crew members who are able to manoeuvre and take advantage of technological developments in this industry.   He goes on to comment that “we should continue to work together on addressing all challenges faced by seafarers by ensuring continuity of global maritime supply chains,” reiterating the Federal Transport Authority’s commitment to producing cutting-edge technology to improve shipping operations and crew changes.   Source: Hellenic Shipping News

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