Our Sponsors


Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW)

Global law firm HFW works across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. In the Middle East, they are present in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Beirut and with an alliance in Abu Dhabi. Their shipping lawyers provide a comprehensive legal service to the global maritime community. They have over 200 lawyers and 13 Master Mariners worldwide, specialising in maritime law, reflecting our long involvement in this field. HFW Middle East team is one of the largest specialised maritime teams within the Middle East region. Their lawyers have a sound understanding of how the market works across dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, marine and offshore finance and transactional work. They represent the full spectrum of those involved in the industry, including shipowners and charterers, P&I Clubs, banks, international agencies, shipyards, marine insurance underwriters, port and terminal operators, governments and brokers..



Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding Co. K.S.C.

Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding Co. K.S.C. ( HEISCO) is a major Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracting company based in Kuwait with a diversified range of business in oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, pressure equipment manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair, dredging and marine construction, major civil construction, maintenance and other industrial services including heavy industry projects.

HEISCO's commitment to its clients is proven by its quality management system certification ISO 9001:2008 & Occupation Health & Safety Management System certification of OHSAS 18001:2007 standards.

The shipyard operations are conveniently located in the main commercial port in the State of Kuwait -"Shuwaikh Port". The shipyard is ideally placed to execute ship repair, shipbuilding, and professional diving services.

HEISCO's skilled and well-trained workforce, together with modern equipment and a strong yard management team, provide the correct combination to ensure delivery on time.

HEISCO is proud of its long reference list including local, regional and international clients.


Middle East Navigation Aids Society

Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS)

A branch of London-based ‘International Foundation for Aids to Navigation’, MENAS is the Gulf region’s leading innovator in the fabrication, supply and maintenance of Aids to Navigation.

With bases in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, the company owns and operates an extensive network of AIS monitored buoys, lighthouses and DGPS transmitters across the Arabian Gulf. It also provides essential information and advice such as the issuance of Notices to Mariners, undertaking risk assessments to shipping and co-ordinating additions to navigation charts for the Gulf. Over 2,000 vessels rely upon MENAS equipment and services each month.

MENAS is the Acting Sub-Area Co-ordinator for NAVAREA IX (the Arabian Gulf and its approaches) coordinating a NAVTEX service within the WWNWS framework, established by the International Hydrographic Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation.

With qualified managers trained to IALA Level 1, the company conducts audit and survey, commercial marine engineering services, training and user consultation.