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Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Virginia Port Authority sign transatlantic partnership

28 March 2011

Abu Dhabi Ports Company announced today a knowledge sharing partnership agreement with the Virginia Port Authority, USA. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two organisations at the World Ports and Trade Summit (WPTS) being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) this week by Tawfeeq Yousof Al Mubarak, Executive Vice President of Ports, ADPC, and Russell Held, Deputy Executive Director – Development, VPA.

The two-year agreement will see both companies co-operating on marketing activities, market research, exchange of information, green issues, modernization details and cross training. Working parties from both companies will also visit each other’s sites periodically to solidify the partnership. Mr. Tawfeeq Al Mubarak commented, “This is a great step forward for Abu Dhabi and the Middle East, and we look forward to sharing knowledge and extending our friendship and professional relationship with one of the most important ports on the American East Coast.”
Russell Held, stated: “Working closely with ADPC in the near future will prove to be a very mutually beneficial relationship that is rare in the region. We have already begun to share information and are eager in both welcoming ADPC staff and in sending our own people to learn more about the plans behind the commercial port operations in the emirate, including the Khalifa Port which is situated within the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, (Kizad).

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