International classification society RINA Group has been chosen as the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) partner to support the development of Tasneef, a new classification society for the United Arab Emirates. The goal is to develop Tasneef as an international classification society capable of meeting the technical and classification needs of the region’s maritime industry, the UAE flag and international commercial shipping.

Andrea di Bella, area manager Middle East, RINA Group, comments, “We are very excited to have been chosen to assist the development of Tasneef after a tender process that included all the major classification societies. We will work closely with Tasneef on a number of new building projects and ships in service to develop their procedures and technical competence.”

Mr. Rashed Alhebsi, head of the establishment Committee of Tasneef, explains, “The way Tasneef looks at RINA is as a long term strategic partner where both companies will fulfil the demand for classification services in potential sectors in this region known for fuelling the world with energy, oil and gas. Tasneef and RINA Group will also support this region which is becoming a world hub for the maritime industry where more than 60 per cent of the world’s shipping either operate or pass, especially after establishing Khalifa Port which increases the shipping capacity of this region. Tasneef and RINA are currently finalizing together a portfolio of up to 44 classification projects in 2013 varying from new construction and ships in service to supporting the UAE Flag administration with thousands of statutory certifications.”