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DMCA’s Marine Craft Licensing Services gain popularity in Dubai

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2014-01-19 06:04:05 - Licensing of 500 marine crafts, issuance of 250 driving licenses reported as of Q4 2013

January 18, 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has revealed that the Marine Craft Licensing Services launched in Q4 2013 are gaining popularity across Dubai. The services represent the first step in implementing Resolution No. 11 of 2013 covering the Implementing Regulations (IR) of Resolution No. 11 of 2010 for licensing marine crafts in the emirate of Dubai. The initiative supports efforts to create a vibrant and secure maritime sector in line with the Maritime Sector Strategy aimed at developing, organizing and promoting the local maritime industry to help position Dubai as a first-class global maritime hub.

The new services facilitate the

licensing process for marine vessel owners via a single point agency, the DMCA, instead of through several authorities. The streamlined licensing of recreational, commercial, sports, tourism and traditional marine crafts in Dubai’s territorial waters forms part of a comprehensive regulatory framework for ensuring the eventual integration of maritime safety, secure navigation and operational efficiency strategies along the emirate’s coastline. Around 500 marine crafts of different types are currently registered in the area.

Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “DMCA offers an integrated platform to provide easy and fast licensing procedures that ensure higher levels of customer satisfaction for both individuals and businesses. The authority adopts a well-defined approach based on developing initiatives that promote the competitiveness of the maritime sector. The goal is to create an integrated and secure maritime environment capable of attracting regional and international investments to position Dubai as a premier global maritime hub. We highly commend the efforts and ongoing support of our key partners from the local maritime sector who have had a major impact on the success of the Maritime Sector Strategy.”

The Marine Craft Driving License Services are also seeing unprecedented turnout from users, with 250 licenses issued so far and the figure expected to climb further throughout this year.

“Through this set of services, we will be issuing licenses for all types of marine crafts and crew upon verifying their compliance with Dubai’s technical specifications, local maritime safety systems and environment-friendly requirements within a world-class environment that meets international standards. It will also cover the issuance of relevant resolutions and regulations governing nautical activities in territorial waters – including water craft re-fuelling, diving, rescue missions, and marine trans-shipments,” concluded Ali Al Dabbous, Executive Director of Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority.

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