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Maritime Sustainability Research Centre Launched by AD Ports Group  

by Madaline Dunn

AD Ports Group has announced the launch of The Maritime Sustainability Research Centre, 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 Centre will be operated and managed by the Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA). This is a regional academic facility catering to mariners under the umbrella of Maritime Hub Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Maritime’s newly launched platform, which aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors. 

The objectives of the research centre 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.

It was shared that areas of focus include Marine Environment & Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Maritime Cyber Security, Big Data, and Maritime Policies & Laws.

The research centre will also advocate for funding, primarily from private sources, to enable academic institutions and start-ups to conduct applied and fundamental research. Alongside this, it will support graduate study programmes, offering opportunities for aspiring maritime professionals.

Captain Saif Al Mheiri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Maritime and Acting Chief Sustainability Officer, AD Ports Group, commented: “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 centre dedicated to advancing research, particularly in environmental sustainability, resonates deeply with our organisational ethos, and reflects our commitment to advancing development within the maritime industry, laying the foundation for a sustainable future.

Dr. Yasser Al Wahedi, President of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, added: “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 centre, 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.” 

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