DMCA introduces marine licensing service
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has launched a new Marine Craft Licensing Service in Dubai.
The first-of-its-kind launch complements the Resolution No. 11 of 2013 to issue Implementing Regulations (IR) of Resolution No. 11 of 2010 for licensing of marine crafts in the emirate of Dubai.
This move is set to 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.
DMCA further revealed that 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.
The service enables marine craft owners 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.
The new service 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.
Amer Ali, executive director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “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, which is aimed at positioning the industry as a key contributor to excellence and leadership, as per the wise vision of our government.
“Unveiling an integrated package of industry licensing services underlines DMCA’s approach to launch advanced maritime initiatives that are poised to lay down solid foundations to boost the industry’s competitiveness.
“This will also create an integrated, secure and sustainable maritime environment that will be able to respond effectively to market changes and emerging trends by attracting regional and international investors to leverage Dubai’s rapidly growing footprint as a key player in the global maritime landscape.”
Ali added that DMCA has played an integral role in strengthening Dubai’s position as one of the leading maritime and commercial hubs globally through the launch of modern regulatory initiatives.
By implementing the highest standards of maritime safety and best environmental practices, as well as local and international resolutions that govern marine operations management, the local maritime sector can gain a competitive advantage at regional and international levels.
Ali further added that DMCA spares no effort to offer a comprehensive platform for easy and fast maritime licensing to maintain customer satisfaction for both individuals and corporate entities.
He said: “We proudly commend the ongoing efforts and support of our strategic partners from the local maritime sector, who have had the utmost impact in building real success stories in terms of implementing the various aspects of Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to develop solid alliances with all Dubai-based government and non-government entities in order to promote the integration of roles which will ultimately help unify industry standards and implement best international practices.”
To provide best maritime services, DMCA has also launched a comprehensive handbook with extensive information about Resolution No. 11 of 2013 to issue Implementing Regulations (IR) of Resolution No. 11 of 2010 for licensing of marine crafts in the emirate of Dubai.
It further explains the procedures needed for the licensing of all types of marine crafts and crew personnel, as well as the subject requirements and conditions adopted in maritime training centres to ensure optimal customer satisfaction.