In an effort to collaborate and keep trade flows open during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Abu Dhabi Ports has joined 19 of the world’s leading port authorities in signing a first-of-its-kind virtual declaration. Hosted via video conference, the Ports Authorities Roundtable (PAR) Declaration calls on member ports to work together by allowing merchant ships to berth and carry out cargo operations to maintain the global supply chain. The Declaration also commits the maritime sector to adhere to best practice in ensuring the safety of seafarers in terms of precautionary measures when dealing with coronavirus cases.
The roundtable was held in the presence of officials from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), with Abu Dhabi Ports being the sole representative from the Middle East region. Representing Abu Dhabi Ports, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Chief Corporate Authority Office, said, “Abu Dhabi stands at the centre of global maritime trade and our participation at the Port Authorities Roundtable affirms our strategic status as a vital hub that links East and West.”
Organised by the Port of Singapore, the PAR is a forum for leading port authorities to discuss issues of mutual interests, address common challenges, and engage in collaborative opportunities. Other members joining Abu Dhabi Ports in signing of the declaration included the ports of Rotterdam, Tokyo and Los Angeles.