AD Ports Group launches The Maritime Sustainability Research Center

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry, has launched The Maritime Sustainability Research Center, Abu Dhabi (MSRCAD), a non-profit agency dedicated to joint industry-government academia research, with a focus on sustainability and innovation. 

The Maritime Sustainability Research Center, launched at an event attended by leading government and maritime industry representatives, will be operated and managed by Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), the region’s leading academic facility catering to mariners, under the umbrella of Maritime Hub Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Maritime’s newly launched platform bridging the gap between public and private sectors to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s maritime industry. 

Located within ADMA’s premises, the research center will advocate seeking funding, primarily from private sources, to enable academic institutions and startups to conduct applied and fundamental research. Additionally, the research center will support graduate study programs, offering valuable opportunities for aspiring maritime professionals.

The objectives of the research center are multifaceted, with aims to disseminate knowledge among partners and stakeholders, address short and long-term research needs, and provide research opportunities for graduate students. Areas of focus include Marine Environment & Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Maritime Cyber Security, Big Data, and Maritime Policies & Laws.

Captain Saif Al Mheiri_AD Ports launches Maritime sustainability research center
Captain Saif Al Mheiri
CEO – Abu Dhabi Maritime,
Acting Chief Sustainability Officer, AD Ports Group

“AD Ports Group is committed to supporting initiatives that further our sustainability targets. This collaboration between Maritime Hub Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy to establish a center dedicated to advancing research, particularly in environmental sustainability, resonates deeply with our organizational ethos, and reflects our commitment to advancing development within the maritime industry, laying the foundation for a sustainable future. Abu Dhabi recently jumped 10 places to reach number 22 in the Leading Maritime Cities of the world, the launch of the Maritime Sustainability Research Centre Abu Dhabi is another step towards raising Abu Dhabi’s standing as a maritime hub on the global stage.”

Dr. Yasser Al Wahedi, President of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, said that, “Cultivating maritime talent and spearheading innovation is paramount within Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy. We already have a track record in extensive and pioneering research into sustainable advancements, and this research center, in partnership with Maritime Hub Abu Dhabi underlines our commitment to sustainable solutions, with the potential to benefit both the maritime industry and the global community, building a brighter future for all.” 

Investing in research and development is vital for the advancement of nations, and the MSRCAD is poised to play a pivotal role in propelling the UAE forward on its path to prosperity.

Operating akin to a funding agency, the MSRCAD will release calls for proposals, inviting researchers across the UAE to submit project proposals in specific fields. This open invitation encourages collaboration and ensures that the Center remains at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the maritime industry.

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