Dubai starts water craft licensing service
Dubai, September 25, 2013
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has launched the Marine Craft Licensing Service, the first-of-its-kind in the region, aimed at streamlining the marine licensing process in the emirate to help it become a first-class international maritime hub.
Announcing the new service, DMCA executive director Amer Ali said the licensing of recreational, commercial, sports, tourism and traditional marine crafts in the regional waters represents a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure the highest levels of maritime safety, secure navigation and operational efficiency along the coastline.
With the launch of this single, user-friendly licensing platform, all marine craft owners will have to complete the licensing process through a single point agency - DMCA - instead of having to visit several authorities, making the process easier, simpler and faster, he stated.
It covers the issuing of licenses for all types of marine crafts and crew upon verifying their compliance with Dubai’s technical specifications, maritime safety systems and local environment-friendly requirements.
DMCA also has the capacity to issue relevant resolutions and regulations governing nautical activities in territorial waters, including water craft refuelling, diving, rescue missions, marine trans-shipment and many more, said Amer Ali.
"It will help create a secure and vibrant maritime industry in line with the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) aimed at developing, regulating and promoting the industry to ultimately position Dubai as a first-class international maritime hub," he stated.
"The implementation mechanism of marine craft licensing in regional waters, which is in line with the Implementing Regulations, is of particular importance to the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy aimed at positioning the industry as a key contributor to excellence and leadership, as per the wise vision of our government," he added.-TradeArabia News Service