As an integral part of its initiatives to save the marine environment
DCMMI successfully establishes the “United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association” UAEMEPA
The association aims to cultivate and promote an environmental consciousness within the maritime community
The Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries has successfully announced its collaboration with the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association “HELMEPA” in order to establish the first of its kind non-profit “United Arab Emirates Marine Environment Protection Association- UAEMEPA”. Both parties prepared and signed a Declaration of Voluntary Commitment titled “To Save the Marine Environment”, based on HELMEPA’s founding Declaration “To Save the Seas”.
UAEMEPA offers the opportunity, for all those who care for the environment and are interested in safeguarding it, to learn about the significance of the “marine environment” for our economic prosperity, social well-being and quality of life.
The agreement was signed during the 9th Offshore Arabia Conference and Exhibition 2018 between H.E Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of The Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries “DCMMI” & Chairman of Offshore Arabia 2018 and Capt. Dimitris C. Mitsatsos, Secretary of the International Marine Environment Protection Association “INTERMEPA” and with the presence of H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO , Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), H.E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General , International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as H. E. Sheikh Talal Al Khaled Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Kuwait Oil Tankers Company (KOTC) & H.E. Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding.
Commenting on the agreement, H.E Khamis Juma Buamim emphasized, “The marine environment is by nature a transboundary issue and it has to be managed through cooperation and according to integrated principles. Therefore, we aim at UAEMEPA to achieve “good environmental status” through creating, promoting and spreading safety awareness and security spirit within the maritime community.”
Buamim added, “I highly believe that today’s younger generations are tomorrow’s leaders who need to understand the importance of maritime environment. That’s why, the association is also committed to be the soft power that takes all the positive actions and better motivates the younger generations to be more responsible towards saving the marine environment.”
Capt. Dimitris C. Mitsatsos, the Secretary of the International Marine Environment Protection Association “INTERMEPA” clarified, “The Chairman, Dr George Gratsos, the Members of the Board and everyone of us in the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA are proud of establishing for the 7th another sister association in the United Arab Emirates. As the Secretary of the International Marine Environment Protection Association-INTERMEPA, I truly hope that UAEMEPA applies soon for the membership to join MEPA.”
Members of UAEMEPA are ship-owning companies of ocean-going vessels, land-based entities dealing with the protection of the environment and concerned individuals, mainly seafarers.
UAEMEPA was established by the support of Dubai Marine & Maritime Council Members founded that also helped establishing other MEPAs by implementing the article of the Declaration, which states that the Members of the association will use their expertise and energies to raise the environmental consciousness of the UAE shipping community to eliminate marine pollution. UAEMEPA offers the opportunity, for all those who care for the environment and are interested in safeguarding it, to learn about the significance of the “marine environment” and how our life depends on it. The Association’s Environmental Awareness Section will keep the wider public, and especially the younger generations, informed on current environmental issues and provide education on the actual dimensions of the marine litter problem and the pollution of the seas and oceans.
It is the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association; the pioneering voluntary commitment of Greek seafarers and ship owners to safeguard the seas from ship-generated pollution, undertaken in Piraeus, on June 4, 1982. Under the motto “To Save the Seas”, they have consistently supported their initiative to date. HELMEPA supports governments in ratifying and implementing international conventions on the protection of the marine environment.