Abu Dhabi Ports and Norway’s DNV GL sign deal to develop emirate's maritime sector

The companies will work together to deploy blockchain and AI technology to digitise the industry

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Abu Dhabi Ports signed a memorandum of understanding with Norway-based consultancy DNV GL to boost the digitalisation of the emirate’s maritime sector.

As part of the partnership, both companies agreed to work together to deploy autonomous technology, AI, machine learning, electrification, as well as logistics and supply-chain authentication based on blockchain.

“A vital aspect in Abu Dhabi’s philosophy is constantly researching and developing smarter ways to do things, and then integrating them into our local environment,” Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports, said. “Abu Dhabi Ports’ strategic partnership with DNV GL ensures our emirate elevates its status as a world-leading maritime centre in the years ahead.”

The partnership also creates opportunities for Emirati graduates to pursue a career in Abu Dhabi’s maritime industry, especially in the fields of decarbonisation and use of alternative fuels and renewable energy.

“Digitalisation and decarbonisation are important themes in shaping a maritime industry that are future fit, and by working together we will maximise the impact,” Remi Eriksen, chief executive and group president of DNV GL, said.

Abu Dhabi Ports is part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies that owns stakes in companies spanning key sectors of the economy including media, utilities, aviation and healthcare, among others.

DNV GL is the world's largest consultancy of independent maritime and energy experts with operations in more than 100 countries.

Abu Dhabi Ports owns and manages 11 ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea. Earlier this year, it acquired local freight management firm Micco Logistics to expand its services across the logistics supply chain and cater to underserved market segments.