Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dubai Tourism applauds Kanoo Shipping for cruise tourism success

Dubai, UAE: Dubai Tourism presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Kanoo Shipping along with other sectors during a special ceremony held recently at Mina Rashid in recognition of government agencies, aviation and tourism companies for the growth and success of cruise tourism in Dubai.
H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) presented the award to Mr. John Drinkwater, Shipping Manager, on behalf of Kanoo Shipping.

Mr. John Drinkwater, Kanoo Shipping Manager [left] receives a Certificate of Appreciation from H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri [center] and Mr. Hamad bin Mejren from Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai has been promoting the Cruise Business for over a decade. The establishment of the first cruise terminal in Dubai in 2001 and the opening of the enhanced Dubai Cruise Terminal 2 in February 2010 with higher handling capacity, has drawn the attention of cruise line operators around the world.
During the ceremony, Mr. Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director - Dubai Tourism, in his speech said: “Today’s event is an opportunity to recognise and reward our partners from the public and private sectors who have worked with us to bring cruise travelers to Dubai, enhance our destination offering and raise awareness about the attractions of cruise tourism.”

He added, "Last year His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020. This Vision includes the headline target of doubling the number of tourists coming to Dubai from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million annually by 2020.

"We already have a very healthy cruise sector in Dubai as the home port of choice for cruise companies in the Arabian Gulf. To match the ambition of Dubai's tourist industry as a whole, we have ambitious plans of our own for cruise. We expect to welcome 450,000 cruise tourists by 2016 and to record continued, sustainable growth until 2020 - and beyond. To achieve our goals, it is essential that we have the continued support of our partners, which is why today's ceremony is so important."

Apart from Kanoo Shipping Agencies, renowned shipping agents such as Gulf Agency Company (Dubai) LLC, Inchcape Shipping Services, Khimji Ramdas Shipping LLC, Rais Hassan Saadi LLC, Seamaster Maritime LLC and Wilhelmsen Ships Service also received the accolade.
Furthermore, DP World was acknowledged for its work on the new cruise terminal at Mina Rashid, as well as the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs for having introduced the cruise tourism visa.

Also honored for their contributions were Dubai Police, Dubai Customs, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Ports Customers and Freezone Corporation - Security Department, Road and Transport Authority, Environment Health & Safety, and Dubai Culture; Emirates and Dnata; Arabian Adventures, Gulf Ventures, Orient Tours LLC, Sharaf Tours, SNTTA Emir Tours, Travco LLC, and Rida International Travel & Tourism.

Through government support, international & regional strategic marketing initiatives of DTCM, in conjunction with its overseas offices, placed Dubai in the spotlight of the Arabian Gulf as the “Cruise Hub of the Region.”

Steadily, Kanoo Shipping is proud to be agents for the Regent Seven Seas / Prestige Cruises, Saga Cruises & Residence of The Sea.

Kanoo Shipping is the first Arab shipping agency in the region in 1890 which has grown to be one of the largest regional shipping service providers in the Middle East. With regionally centralised operations, finance and communications, the Kanoo office network covers an extensive area, including the Gulf, the Red Sea and Indian Sub-continent.

The Dubai Cruise Terminal located at Port Rashid

The Kanoo Group and IPS UK form joint venture

The partnership will bring expertise, technology and broad distribution capabilities for machinery customers in the Middle East

First Row: Bob Curtis, CEO, The Kanoo Group – UAE & Oman [right] and Tony Jennings, Director, IPS UK
Second Row [from left to right]: IPS UK - Lee McCarthy, Dealer Manager; Richard Tindale, Sales and Marketing Director; Kevin Shadbolt, Operation Director | Kanoo Machinery - Deon Klerck, Divisional Manager; Praveen Hubli, Divisional Parts Manager; Ahamed Sulaiman, Parts Sales Manager; Imtiaz Mohamed, Sales Coordinator

October 26, 2014 – Kanoo Machinery formed a new partnership deal with IPS UK last Thursday, 23rd October 2014 to cater to its increasing customer demand for access platform parts. The joint venture ceremony was held at The Kanoo Group Jebel Ali facility. 

Mr. Bob Curtis (CEO, The Kanoo Group – UAE & Oman) together with Mr. Tony Jennings (Director, IPS UK) signed the joint venture contract in the presence of senior management executives of Kanoo Machinery and IPS UK representatives.

The new joint venture is the largest expansion of IPS network to date. IPS has more than a decade of experience in supplying genuine and replacement parts for access platform equipment and is the official UK parts distributor for a number of manufacturers including Genie, Hinowa, Omme Lift, Isoli, Youngman BoSS, Grove Manlift, Manitou, Pop-Up and MEC.

Bob Curtis, The Kanoo Group CEO for UAE and Oman, said: “The Gulf states, India and North Africa have all experienced high growth in the adoption and use of powered access over the past few years. IPS-Middle East will bring increased price competitiveness and parts availability to this region, which can only be of benefit to rental companies and other aerial lift owners.”

IPS is part of IAPS Group, which was formed in 2012 through the merger of Telford-based Independent Parts and Service Ltd (IPS) and Huntingdon-based Access Platform Sales Ltd (APS), IAPS Group is the largest independent full service distributor of powered access platforms (aerial lifts) in the UK.  IAPS Group offers nationwide sales of new and used machines and comprehensive after-sales support including parts, mobile service and workshop repair for a wide range of powered access equipment.

The Kanoo Group’s logistics and distribution centre in the UAE will hold a significant inventory of IPS parts which can be readily available to its customers in the region which in turn increase efficiency; ensuring a quick and ready access to the most in-demand products.
At large, Kanoo Machinery has a dedicated product specialists from sales and aftermarket who offer cross-border seamless services across the Gulf with broad understanding of the markets and its growing requirements.

Mr. Bob Curtis, CEO, The Kanoo Group - UAE & Oman [right] signed a new contract with Mr. Tony Jennings, Director, IPS UK for a new access platform equipment joint venture