DMCA, Dubai police discuss leisure boat licensing
Dubai, August 3, 2008
Dubai Maritime City Authority and Dubai Police recently held discussions on ways to enhance registration and licensing for Dubai’s commercial and leisure maritime boats.
DMCA officials met Brigadier Abdul Jalil Mahdi, deputy director general of the Dubai Police Department of Preventive Security, within the framework of strengthening cooperation with governmental and regulatory bodies in Dubai.
They discussed plans to develop new strategies and regulations for security and maritime safety, training and registration of maritime boats; and marine driving licences; increasingly critical functions as Dubai transitions into an international maritime hub.
In addition, the two parties also explored the possibility of Dubai Police participating in discussions relating to the preparation of maritime laws and registrations in Dubai, which are under the direct responsibility of DMCA.
During the meeting, DMCA, under its newly launched entity ’Raseina’, underscored its commitment to cooperate with Dubai Police and also announced that DMCA will unveil new measures and regulations with effect from next month.
These steps are aimed at further improving the maritime sector, said a top DMCA official.
’The new initiatives and services are in line with DMCA’s objective of expediting and streamlining the registration and licensing processes in the UAE maritime sector,’ Amer Ali, CEO, DMCA noted.
’DMCA is taking concrete steps to enhance the delivery of maritime services and consolidate Dubai’s reputation as a centre for maritime excellence. The establishment of the Marine Registration and Licensing Department is one of the key initiatives that will help us attain our objectives,’ he opined.
’This new department will serve as a convenient and efficient platform to facilitate licensing and registration procedures as well as other maritime-related activities,’ he added.
Notably, the Emirates International Maritime Academy was established for the purpose of training drivers of boats and yachts. The parties also discussed the issuing of maritime driving licences and an appropriate action plan for the activity.
DMCA officials also decided to cooperate with Dubai Police in training concerned personnel and informing them of the licensing procedures and other related issues.-TradeArabia News Service