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ADIPEC 2016 Prepares to Impress Visitors with Exclusive Tours of Hi-Tech Offshore Vessels

More than 100 Exhibitors, 15,000 Experts, and 250 Delegates set to attend Region’s Largest Waterfront Showcase for the Offshore Sector.

First-of-its-Kind Offshore Services Provider in the Region, Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, to Lead Discussion on Resolving Nautical Disputes.

Six state-of-the-art offshore vessels will star at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), organisers have revealed, adding that visitors will have an opportunity to go on educational tours of the impressive fleet.

Building on the extraordinary success of last year’s inaugural edition, the Offshore, Marine and Heavy Equipment Zone is back for an encore, spanning 4,500 square metres of space and a purpose-built quayside exhibition and conference theatre at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The dedicated zone will feature a display of everything from rigs, vessels, ship building, and subsea drilling equipment, to certification, pipelines, mooring, and tools for reservoir production and mapping.

Visitors will have an opportunity to climb aboard six sophisticated offshore vessels, from high-speed craft and landing craft, to tugboats and platform supply vessels reaching 70 metres in length, providing real insight into not only how equipment fares in situ, but also offering a more practical understanding of the issues faced by marine craft and offshore equipment operators.

Taking place at a purpose-built waterside theatre, the ADIPEC 2016 Offshore and Marine Conference will be led by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The forum will feature a series of CEO Sessions, Plenary Sessions, as well as Technical Sessions, bringing a host of world-leading experts to discuss critical industry issues.

Topics will cover the latest developments in offshore production, as well as a dedicated session on the role of the first-of-its-kind entity for the region -- the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre.

“Settling offshore disputes quickly and efficiently is critical to the seamless operation of the offshore sector, which is already a very complex field,” said Mr. Majid Bin Bashir, Vice-Chairman and Secretary General of EMAC. “The UAE is making great strides in becoming one of the world's leading global maritime centres, and central to this is adopting strategies that will fast-track decision making and resolve issues at the most critical of times. ADIPEC gives us the exceptional opportunity to outline our valuable role to all stakeholders in the industry.”

Confirmed speakers in the Offshore and Marine Conference also include Yaser Saeed Al Mazrouei, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO), and Hamad Al Maghrabi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Marine Services (Safeen).

Zakher Marine International (ZMI) will also be a key participant in this year’s exhibition. The Abu Dhabi-based offshore services company currently operates 50 offshore vessels.

“With the ever-growing attendance of industry leaders and decision makers, Zakher Marine views ADIPEC as an important forum to showcase our capabilities and services,” said Mr. Ali El Ali, Executive Director at ZMI.

“ZMI deploys its expanding fleet of offshore support vessels throughout the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean. In the past ten years, the company has achieved remarkable growth, building new vessels to meet the high standards and requirements of local and international clients.”

According to a recent study by research firm Markets and Markets, the global offshore drilling rigs industry is expected to grow from an estimated $65.77 billion in 2014 to $102.47 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 9.27 per cent, representing a sizeable investment in a sector that continues to play an instrumental role in the growth of emerging energy markets.

Established as the world’s most influential exhibition and conference for the oil and gas industry, ADIPEC has a longstanding track record of bringing together globally celebrated luminaries and experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in the energy sector. The annual four-day event will take place from 7-10 November 2016 at ADNEC.

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