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Media Partners & Supporting Organisations

Key Media Partners and Associations

Seatrade Maritime News brings you the news that matters in the shipping industry focusing on the leading trends in the industry.

Written by a team of highly experienced correspondents across, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America.

Seatrade Maritime News has a strong focus on operational, regulatory and technology related stories, including interviews with key executives – all free to read.

On the go and on demand, The Maritime Podcast, brought to you by Seatrade Maritime, delivers news and updates on shipping's most pertinent topics and conversations. With a focus on the leading trends in the industry. Hosted by a team of highly experienced correspondents across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America, The Maritime Podcast has a focus on operational, regulatory and technology related topics, including interviews with key executives – all free to listen to.

Seatrade Maritime Club is a private membership club connecting senior leaders from across the global shipping industry. Our members are senior professionals representing shipowners, ship operators or ship management company.

Global Maritime Club is an exclusive platform to connect with other high profile members through strategic networking opportunities and closed-door leadership roundtables - providing opportunities to meet, discuss business and develop relationships with new business partners.

Strategic Maritime Media Partner

“Marasi News” is the first UAE specialized Maritime Platform with a major focus on maritime industry locally, regionally and internationally. For over seven years in the market, Marasi News has successfully expanded to be a fully integrated media platform with its Marasi News TV and diversified online channels. In 2019, Marasi News has implemented the Augmented Reality technology for the first time in the print media aiming to digitize all the content into a dynamic one. 

Regional Maritime Media Partner

Robban Assafina, the unique maritime MENA publication, website, and smart phones’ application, is a regional intensive maritime media services developed side by side with training courses/workshops, with a specialized crew of maritime experts, who focus directly on shipbuilding, ships, ports, and everything related to the maritime industry world.

Official Media Partners

The Business Year is a global media group that has been providing investors, businesses, and governments with first-hand insights into the world's most dynamic markets for over a decade. We conduct hundreds of interviews a week with top decision makers in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Bunkerspot is a key source of high quality, independent information for all professionals working in the international bunker industry. Stay fully up to speed with daily news updates, longer reads, and interviews with the bunker industry's key players.

Project Cargo Weekly (PCW) is an e-newsletter that was first published in 2018.
The editor-in-chief is Mr Bo H. Drewsen, an industry veteran with 40+ years of experience in shipping.

The newsletter focuses on personal interviews, a round up of shipping news, some trade intelligence for contracts entered into worldwide, wise words and featured photos and videos, enabling readers to get a quick, balance and non biased view of the shipping world, in particular concerning project cargoes worldwide.

Worldoils is a company that combines the power of marketing as well as the in-house expertise for the Oil, Gas, Offshore and the Maritime industries.

Worldoils' web portal has become a truly central platform for visitors who need information regarding oil and gas products and services, research, training, conferences, news and events as well as a  popular advertising base for providers of Oil, Gas, Marine and Offshore

services. Worldoils has also launched the jobs system and a marketplace. In the recent months, Worldoils has strengthened its position as a fast developing central place for buying and selling of land rigs, offshore rigs, barge rigs and other oilfield and subsea equipment


Oil and Gas News (OGN) is the only energy industry media platform covering all aspects of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors including refined products, petrochemicals, chemicals, renewables and power generation in the region.

For energy industry professionals working in more than 70 countries, the Oil & Gas News media platform (website, print and daily newsletters) is an important source for industry developments, contract information and new technologies; as well as an insight into new industry processes and the latest developments in alternative and renewable energy.

Gulf Industry, published by Al Hilal Group has now established itself as a "must-read" publication for anyone with an involvement in the region's industrial sector whether as manufacturers, distributors or related service organisations.The publication represents a "window" into the Gulf's manufacturing trading and export sectors providing news, views analysis and information across virtually every industry related sector.

Logistics Middle East is the largest logistics news portal that includes latest news, analysis, comments, transport, air cargo, maritime

Marine BizTV, the 24hr free to air global maritime channel was presented to the world on May 7, 2007, a venture to redefine the maritime world. Marine BizTV is initiated by Aries Marine, the largest ship design and consultancy firm in the Middle East. The channel is based in Dubai and serves as a unique platform for international maritime activities.

Bloomberg delivers business and markets news, data, analysis, and video to the world, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News.

Education Partners

AIMRI Is A Premier Institute Imparting High Quality Education With Most Advanced Course Structure, Aries Marine since its inception in 1998, has risen to be one of the most trusted global players providing Naval Architecture, Engineering & Design solutions in the maritime industry. The engineers and professionals of the company have a rich experience in the field, having executed a wide variety of projects. 

Lattakia Branch was created in confirmation of the Joint Arab Action and according to the legislative decree No. 33 in 2007 which contains sanctioning the amended agreement on the construction of AASTMT issued originally in 2000 (No 291) by the Council of Ministers. The Branch was established in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Higher Education in The Syrian Arab Republic and the Ministries Act No. 51 in 2008. His Highness Mr. Amr Mousa, the General Secretary of Arab League, asked His Excellency Dr. Bashar Al Assad to assign Academy a main headquarter. His Excellency Dr. Al Assad agreed to that and accordingly current operations are in progress to plan the execution to construct Academy''s permanent headquarters in Syria.


London American City College (LACC) is the first of its kind established in the UAE as it is the only educational institution of higher learning which offers fully accredited and internationally recognized American qualifications (Bachelor’s and master’s degrees) to the student community. It is a world class educational institution of higher learning. Its fundamental values and unique purposes are individual student’s success and career development and to provide a unique and excellent international learning environment to the students from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities.

As a first-class college, LACC provides the perfect e-learning environment for those who want to rise to the challenges of college life and then to shine in their future chosen career. It is the number one college of choice for those who see education as a means to an end and not simply an end in itself. LACC is a promising college of higher learning with a rich heritage as it is established by two eminent and well known professors of international repute Prof. Dr. Paulson Mathew Chunkapura(President) and Prof. Dr. Kaup Mohamed(Dean), who are very popular with the student community and committed in providing world class quality international education to the student community of the globe for over 40 years.

Middlesex University is a dynamic university with a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the renowned Middlesex University based in London, UK. The University’s first learning space in Dubai opened at Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) in 2005 and has over 4,000 students studying from more than 118 nationalities. It is an exciting, diverse and multicultural campus that prides itself on providing a student experience with a difference. 

In 1985, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, made a commitment to establish a new system of post-secondary education for UAE Nationals that would stress the ideals of productivity, self-determination, and excellence. His Excellency envisioned a system of the highest quality that would be used to educate Nationals for the professional and technical careers necessary in a rapidly developing society In fulfillment of that vision, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) was established in 1988 by Federal Law No 2 issued by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace. Four colleges commenced that year. Since then, twelve additional colleges and the Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) have opened throughout the Emirates to form the system of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) (Arabic: الأكاديمية العربية للعلوم والتكنولوجيا والنقل البحري‎) is a regional university operated by the Arab League which runs programs in marine transportationbusiness, and engineering.[1][2] AASTMT started as a notion in the Arab League Transport Committee''s meetings on 11th of March, 1970.[2] The Academy's inception was in 1972[3] in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. After that it expanded into Cairo

AASTMT's name has become the Arab Academy for Science and Technology: "A university specialized in maritime transport and many other disciplines" and its certificates have been made equivalent to those granted by Egyptian universities.

Dedicated to excellence, our Academy places emphasis on delivering training programmes and courses of the uppermost standard which are accredited locally or internationally.

Our Academy is fully equipped with the regions first multidiscipline Maritime Simulator Centre through which our highly experienced instructors provide our students with the training and insight to face potential industry challenges and an in-depth understanding of mitigating possible risks.

BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus is the international campus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and is located at the Dubai International Academic City. Set up in the year 2000, it is among the pioneer institutions in Dubai, and exclusively dedicated to offering quality engineering and technology education. It attracts a diverse student population from UAE, other GCC countries, Asia, Africa and Far East. 

Industry Partners

International Maritime Club (IMC) has been serving the maritime industry for over 10 years. The club works for the conscious and continuous development of the vast maritime industry by acting as a platform where professionals from various sectors of the maritime industry come together under one roof to exchange knowledge and ideas on the maritime trade and industry.

ICC leads the role to set rules and standards for the conduct of international trade, which are accepted by all business sectors. Currently, it maintains its efforts to break down barriers to international trade and investment so that all countries can gain economically and the living standards can rise. The ICC-UAE introduces the policies advocated by the ICC to the UAE government and its agencies. Every member is entitled to affect the business policy adopted by the ICC and the ICC-UAE.

Background History of Indians employed on board

Until the late 1950’s Indian Officers predominately manned Indian Flag Vessels. On the other hand, Indian Ratings have for over a century been manning foreign flag ships mostly British.

The 60’s saw a new trend wherein services of Indian Officers started to be requisitioned for foreign flag ships. Steadily India became an important provider of manpower for ship owners all over the globe.

The DUBAI SHIPPING AGENTS ASSOCIATION (DSAA) is a brainchild of reputable members of the Shipping Agents’ community in Dubai who, with the support of the Director of the Department of Ports & Customs, identified the need for a joint representation of shipping agents doing business in the ports of Dubai.

The Dubai Shipping Agents Association is a non- profit organization, not engaged in any commercial activity. In essence, it provides a forum for members to pool information, focus on items of general concern / interest, facilitate interaction with the Government Authorities and / or other relevant bodies, and foster the future development of the shipping industry in Dubai.

Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association - (MANSA), founded in the year 1977, is the vision of a group of dynamic and progressive shipping professionals. This association was earlier called Bombay Steamer Agents Association (BSAA).

International Freight Network (IFN) brings together 190+ independent freight forwarders in 115 countries. Based in London, UK, IFN provides its members with the platform to connect and exchange business with other strong and proactive freight forwarders. IFN ensures it recruits only top quality companies; those dedicated to providing a highly expert service to their fellow members. In short, IFN is a growing international group of vetted business partners, ready and able to professionally handle business requests, all around the world. 

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, is a non-governmental, membership-based organization representing freight forwarders in some 150 countries. FIATA’s membership is composed of 109 Association Members and over 5,500 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide.

Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations in India (FFFAI) is the Apex Body and the Sole Representative of 28 Member Associations from all over India representing 6500 Customs Brokers (employing over 1,10,000 people). In addition, organisation that is directly or indirectly connected with freight forwarding, shipping and commerce are also associated with FFFAI.

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world.

Seafarers bring us 95% of the things we use every day and take care of us when we travel by sea, but their lives are often tough. They experience long periods away from family and friends with limited or no communication, fast turnaround of ships in ports with severely restricted shore leave, reduced crew numbers and increased workloads. Welfare services and facilities both on board and ashore can be a lifeline for seafarers.


Based in London, UK, Specialist Freight Networks (SFN) exists to facilitate the safe and profitable exchange of business between its Members. SFN, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, is an International Group of Exclusive and non-Exclusive Specialist Freight Networks operating under one unifying umbrella. SFN links together 230+ elite independent small and medium sized freight forwarders in 115 countries, who are united in their quest to find global, trusted, specialist agents. Experts in their respective fields, SFN Members are able to handle the requirements of global importers and exporters, in an efficient and professional manner.

AMTOI is registered as a non-profit making body under the Indian Companies Act and its core managing committee consists of seven members. The managing Committee is supplemented by Special Invitees who are experts in the industry.

AMTOI has Extended Board that has nominated representatives from other trade bodies like ACAAI, ACTO, INSA, IPPTA, CSLA, MANSA, WISTA, CAI, FFFAI, CFSAI, FEDSAI, ICCSA, ACFI, NACFS and AITWA.

The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers & Agents (FONASBA) provides a united voice for the world’s ship brokers and agents. Founded in 1969, the organisation promotes fair and equitable practices and ensures that the needs of our members are understood at international, regional and individual national level across the maritime industry. FONASBA maintains a close watch on all developments of interest and concern to the ship broking and ship agency professions and takes appropriate action to ensure that those interests are protected.

Founded in 1957 by a group of Master Mariners and registered under the Company's Act of 1956, 'The Company of Master Mariners of India' is a professional body representing Master Mariners with the purpose of developing and promoting the traditions and standards of the Merchant Navy in India. Today it is the only body of its kind in India with 15 chapters, 2 overseas chapter and over 3500 members.

CMMI provides a valuable service to the seafarers in India through various activities such as conducting educational seminars, publishing books and magazines, advising and assisting the DGS and promoting the Merchant Navy as a career option for youngsters.

Women In Logistics Middle East has an estimated 32 employees and an estimated annual revenue of 3.9M.

AIMRI Is A Premier Institute Imparting High Quality Education With Most Advanced Course Structure, Aries Marine since its inception in 1998, has risen to be one of the most trusted global players providing Naval Architecture, Engineering & Design solutions in the maritime industry. The engineers and professionals of the company have a rich experience in the field, having executed a wide variety of projects. 

Logistics Middle East is the largest logistics news portal that includes latest news, analysis, comments, transport, air cargo, maritime

The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) was founded in Dubai in February 1992 as mandated by the Government of Dubai to respond to the need to bring together the increasing number of freight and logistics service providers in the UAE. NAFL, previously named National Committee of Freight Forwarders (NCFF), is the first national association of freight forwarders to be established in the Arabian Gulf.

Shortly after its establishment, on March 31, 1992, NAFL achieved another feat by becoming the first and only national association from an Arabian Gulf country to join the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA). Since then, NAFL has been a staunch supporter of FIATA.

World Freight Network (WFN), ISO 9001:2008 Certified, successfully links together 255+ independent freight forwarders in 115 countries. Based in London, UK, WFN exists to facilitate the safe and profitable exchange of business between its Members. WFN recruits strong, high calibre forwarders, dedicated to providing an excellent service. Upon joining WFN, forwarders are introduced to an international group of proficient, vetted partners all sharing one goal: to increase business volumes. WFN has achieved a truly global presence and its Members have the local expertise necessary to meet the demanding requirements of the world's top importers and exporters.

Founded by Mr. Sohan Roy on 28th March 1998 in UAE, Aries Group was started with its flagship unit, Aries Marine, and then grown to become one of the largest multinational conglomerates in the Middle East with 56 companies operating in 16 countries across the world. Within a short span of 24 years, Aries Group has collaborated with more than 6865 national and international clients and executed more than 61,000 projects successfully.

Women Organizations

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has held a conference for Arab Women in its framework to support women’s role in Maritime sector, according to the goals of the sustainable development of UN especially the SDG 5. They have decided to establish Arab Women in the Maritime Association (AWIMA) during this conference.

IMO and AASTMT have provided the technical support and the formulation of this resolution; it was related to the establishment of this association.

They have adopted this resolution and worked on it, they have agreed that the permanent headquarter of the General Secretariat of AWIMA must be in one of the Arab countries, AASTMT as a representative of all Arab countries has offered to host the General Secretariat, the Director of the General Secretariat must be a permanent member in the Governing Council of this association. Annual elections must be held to elect the President of the association as well as the rest of the members of the Council.

 WISTA Arabia-UAE promotes diversity in the maritime and empowers women to lead through their unique perspective.

Formed in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision-makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,800 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. 54 countries support a National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill-building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitate relationships within the industry. On a global scale, WISTA members have access to an incredibly diverse network of executives in the shipping and trading field on whom they can call for referrals, connections, advice or business collaborations.