DMCA to offer free life jackets
Dubai, November 27, 2012
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is set to offer a free life jacket for every jet ski that is registered in Dubai, underlining the commitment of the authority to adopt best practices and maintain high standards in maritime safety and security.
DMCA is the government authority charged with regulating, co-ordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in the emirate.
The move is in line with the authority’s efforts to ensure maximum safety and security in Dubai’s waters, and ultimately prevent maritime accidents and save people’s lives, while promoting Dubai’s position as an ideal destination for all types of water sports, said a statement from DMCA.
The new initiative complements DMCA’s continuing campaign to raise awareness about the importance of wearing life jackets and how it can save lives, it stated.
Mohammed Al-Bastaki, the director of maritime operations, DMCA, said the new initiative is in line with the significant increase in demand for jet skis and the growing interest in water sports in Dubai.
"Offering free life jackets with every registered jet ski is one way of encouraging water sport enthusiasts to comply with the highest standards of security and personal safety. Wearing a life jacket prevents drowning in case of accidents in the water, he added.
The initiative was launched on the sidelines of the ongoing Dubai Maritime Week 2012, as part of the authority’s efforts to introduce regulations and legislations governing water sports in Dubai.
The new regulations identify specific places in the emirate for jet skiing, determine the appropriate speed limits, outline maritime safety instructions and promote greater awareness about best practices and the proper way of riding jet skis to avoid accidents and drowning, said Al Bastaki.
“We are committed to work hard and co-operate with other government authorities in Dubai to find suitable ways to maintain maritime safety and implement best international practices, particularly in various water sports activities such as jet skiing,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service