The Abu Dhabi National exhibition Centre is the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East with a total space of 133,000sqm

The Abu Dhabi National exhibition Centre is the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East with a total space of 133,000sqm

MENAS to exhibit at the Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats exhibition in Abu Dhabi

MENAS, the Gulf operations division of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation, is pleased to announce its participation at the 2017 Seatrade Offshore Marine and Workboats exhibition in Abu Dhabi, where it has taken exhibition space to promote its services. The forthcoming event takes place from the 25-27 September at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi.

Playing a vital role in assuring the safe navigation of ships in the Arabian Gulf, MENAS owns and maintains an extensive network of buoys, lighthouses, racons, AIS and DGPS transmitters. It also provides essential information and advice such as the issuance of Notices to Mariners, advising on hazards to shipping and additions to navigation charts for the Gulf. Over 2,000 vessels rely upon MENAS equipment and services each month.

"Having operated in the region for nearly a hundred years now, we are delighted to have the opportunity to connect with many of our colleagues in the maritime industries of the Gulf", says Albert Howard, Chief Executive of IFAN. "We are wholly committed to our presence in the GCC and are keen to participate in new initiatives that are in line with our global mandate to promote safety at sea".

MENAS is the only independent Aids to Navigation authority in the world, with no country affiliation or national sponsor. It operates an ISO 9001:2008 quality-assured service, certified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance and is an associate member of International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). It is also a corporate member of the International Marine Contractor Association (IMCA) and maintains active links with various other organisations and hydrographic offices worldwide.

"We are dedicated to providing a maritime service of excellence, promoting safe navigation across one of the World's busiest waterways", explains Jaffer Abdulla, Acting General Manager, "To be part of the Seatrade Exhibition gives us the chance to network with industry professionals and likewise, gives those people the opportunity to interact with us".

The international exhibition, which is the largest event of its kind outside of the USA, is being run in conjunction with an intensive conference programme. The three-day event gives attendees the opportunity to listen and learn about current challenges and opportunities within the offshore marine and workboats market from some of the industry's leading personalities. The Seatrade portfolio includes a range of global events, websites and publications that cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries, bringing together key people to encourage innovation and to produce powerful learning, networking and promotional platforms.