DMCA takes over ship traffic for Dubai's newest range of waterfront projects

Authority to provide naval assistance to vessels through the use of AIS system designed to ensure maritime safety and safe navigation
Mohammed Khalifa Al Huraiz, director of Waterway Control, DMCA
Mohammed Khalifa Al Huraiz, director of Waterway Control, DMCA


The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has started facilitating ship traffic for new waterfront projects in Dubai.

The move falls in line with the continuing efforts to promote and develop the emirate's maritime industry based on global standards and in line with the set goals and objectives of the Maritime Sector Strategy.

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The authority has completed the process needed to provide naval assistance, including the power to grant approval for ships to set sail, drop anchor and move from port to port using maritime lights and the Automated Identification System (AIS).

“This new development demonstrates our commitment to establish and achieve a feeling of secure navigation through the use of the latest technologies,” said Mohammed Khalifa Al Huraiz, director of Waterway Control, DMCA.

“We look forward to regulating the ship traffic in all ports—a move that falls in line with our ongoing efforts to improve the performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness of the local marine community components,” he added.

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DMCA is helping facilitate smoother ship traffic by using AILS, which is widely recognized as a critical aspect of maritime activities.

The system is composed of an integrated network of GPS and VHF systems, complemented by an automation system designed to sync with outgoing and incoming data, connecting with the global network of the system in order to track ships and identifying them with each other, launching alarm calls in case of critical approach between two ships and knowing all about navigation details.

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