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RAK PORTS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the world´s first industrial Cluster for Sustainable Ship Building in the UAE.


Press Release, 22.11.2023 – SUSTAINABILITY


Dubai, United Arab Emirates: RAK PORTS, the company that manages all of the ports in the emirate of  Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre of Sustainable Ship Building. The MoU aims to develop a maritime innovation and technology park that will provide a unique ecosystem for advanced ship and boatyards and maritime technology providers, all within the framework of sustainable development in the UAE.


The Centre for Sustainable Ship Building (CSSB) will provide tenants with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and shared machinery. Twelve, mostly international companies, have already signed a Letter of Intent to participate in the sustainable development. These first tenants are world current leaders in the fields of e-propulsion and ultra-lightweight vessel construction.


Unique construction methodologies produce a reduced weight-to-size ratio never seen before in the history of shipbuilding. This has contributed to a boat designed and built in the UAE, being nominated for European Powerboat of the Year 2024. Another 2022 ,built sailing yacht model, outperformed the competition in prestigious 2023 international regattas. 


This declaration of intent is an important milestone for the sustainable development of maritime transport. The shipping industry, which is responsible for 6.7% of global oil consumption, plays a crucial role in securing the future of our planet. The partnership between RAK PORTS and CSSB aims to support various infrastructure and construction projects, with a focus on promoting the development and implementation of new sustainable technologies.


Roy Cummins, CEO of RAK PORTS, says: "We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with CSSB. This cluster fits in with our vision of sustainable development and investment. This MoU will not only strengthen our business development, but also accelerate sustainable development in the shipping industry. We look forward to exploring the possibilities of this potential partnership, which will make a valuable contribution to the UAE's strategies towards sustainable development.  We are excited about the potential this partnership holds for our international network of industrial players and we hope to welcome many more partners."


"Climate change mitigation and ocean resilience are key to the global effort to tackle climate change. The CSSB is ready to take a leadership role in partnership with RAK Ports by developing science-based solutions and easy-to-integrate tools to reverse the decline in ocean health," said Hans Genthe, founder of CSSB: "We want to help capture carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it into long-lasting products or convert it into fuels. Our vision is to grow the organic raw materials locally and take care of recycling of waste and end products. Our production cycle should bind CO2 and not emit it, so that we can offer CO2 certificates to our partners."


Kolja Rafferty, CFO of CSSB, commented on the partnership as follows: "Our potential partnership with RAK PORTS is a strategic move that aligns with our commitment to sustainable development and geographic expansion. It strengthens the core areas of infrastructure and construction, the maritime sector and promotes tourism.


A future tenant of CSSB in Ras Al Khaimah, Michael Stusch, Executive Chairman & CEO of H2-Enterprises, said: "Producing hydrogen from plastic and organic waste and storing it under ambient conditions in liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC), instead of pressurizing or cooling it down to -253°C solves many problems, and makes it easily feasible to a power all-electric ships with zero-emission hydrogen, safely stored in LOHC. We look forward to scaling our technology for use also in small boats or cars, and starting production at the CSSB."




RAK Ports is a group of four specialized maritime hubs in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, each with its own unique set of services, including cargo handling, warehousing, free zone land lease, ship repairs, marine and anchorage services, cruise tourism, and industrial training.

With a prime strategic location close to the Strait of Hormuz, directly at the entrance to the Arabian Gulf, and recent infrastructure investments totaling over US$250 million, RAK Ports plays a pivotal role in the supply chain for thousands of companies.



About CSSB

The innovative shipyard concept is offering a shared space where manufacturers of ships, yachts, boats, components, and machinery can all coexist and collaborate. We’re breaking down barriers and fostering a spirit of cooperation that is truly unique. Up to 32 factories are optimized for ship production and equipped with modern amenities such as direct water access. At the heart of our operation is a Center with cutting-edge machinery like 40m 3D printer, milling machines, oven, autoclave and surface application facilities, designed to meet the needs of the modern maritime industry.


Details on the sustainable concept, the technology and the partners can be found here:


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For requests please contact:

Hans Genthe
Phone/Whatsapp +971 – 5 444 27 158

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Left to right: Hans Genthe, CEO CSSB. Roy Cummins, CEO RAK PORTS.
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The Center of Sustainable Ship Building Kohr Port Ras Al Kaihmah in 2026.
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Logo Center of Sustainable Ship Building, CSSB.

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Revolution in yacht building: Weight reduction leads to a far higher efficiency. 71m ultralight superyacht, hull made of Carbon Composite, with hydrogen drive system with LOHC storage. Design: H2 Enterprises.

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ACCWINGs on a 60' carbon ferry. Zero emissions thanks the combination of ultra low weight, advanced sailing technology, solar cells, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. 

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Race winner: The AEOLOS P30 is designed and built in the United Arab Emirates – ultralight carbon prepreg 30' race boat.

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