The UAE lifted all Covid-19 restrictions and precautionary measures related to all activities in the maritime industry effective from 16 November.
17 November 2022
The UAE Federal Maritime Administration informed all ports, shipowners and agents that previous circulars, introduced during the pandemic, have been lifted and that maritime business activity has returned to normal.
The UAE has been gradually easing travel and business restrictions introduced at the start of the pandemic in 2020.
But despite the gradual relaxation of restrictions over the past 24 months, bunker sales in the UAE’s port of Fujairah — the world’s third-largest bunkering centre, have yet to recover the pre-pandemic levels of around 700,000 t/month with around 600,000 t/month currently.
By Elshan Aliyev
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Published: 18 November, 2022
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