The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) has taken a significant step forward in its efforts to ensure ship owners are able to pay for navigational aids provision in the Middle East Gulf, by signing a cooperation agreement with Inchcape Shipping Services. This contracts the ship agency company to collect navigation aids dues from the vessels it looks after in the region.
The agreement, covering all Inchcape offices in the Middle East, is expected to be the first in a series of deals with ship agencies working with MENAS on the collection of navigational dues. Peter Stanley, CEO of MENAS, said: “This formal agreement with Inchcape Shipping Services now means that we have a clear understanding of the standards that are expected over collections and certificates issued to shipowners. Both companies support the safe navigation in all the world’s trade lanes, not least in the Middle East Gulf, and owners must step up to the mark and do their bit by paying the necessary dues. We remain committed to ensuring navigational aids in the region are properly maintained and modernised, but this takes significant investment.”
Operating from its main base in Bahrain and a support base in Abu Dhabi, The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS), a subsidiary of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN), owns and maintains an extensive network of 58 buoys, lighthouses and racons. It also owns four DGPS transmitters providing essential positioning information.
MENAS has previously warned of the need to upgrade or replace these navigational aids as they near the end of their life expectancy. Plans for investments are being drawn up to renew the four DGPS transmitters so that they continue to deliver quality navigational signals in the Gulf region.