Dubai sets terms for navigation aid deployment
Dubai, November 18, 2012
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) said it has introduced new initiatives governing the deployment of navigation aids by various entities engaged in maritime activities, as part of the authority’s continuing thrust to ensure the safety of Dubai’s waters.
DMCA, the government authority charged with regulating, co-ordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, recently concluded a meeting with concerned authorities to discuss the requirements and processes involved in the deployment of navigation aids.
Under the new initiatives, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from DMCA will be required before any entity can deploy navigation aids in Dubai’s waters, said a senior official.
Ali Al Daboos, the executive director of operations, said: "Navigation aids are essential tools in our continuing efforts to maintain the safety of Dubai’s waters. This is particularly true as we are now witnessing numerous offshore projects and other large-scale development initiatives being undertaken across Dubai’s marinas."
"Moreover, Dubai’s marine corridors remain among the busiest in the world as the emirate continues to emerge as a major hub for global maritime trade. Navigation aids will therefore be greatly useful in aiding navigators in Dubai’s waters and to warn them of possible dangers or obstructions to navigation," he stated.
A detailed deployment plan and an annual maintenance plan for the navigation aids are also required before the NOC is issued. Monthly updates of the navigational aids will also have to be submitted to DMCA.
“The recent meeting with leading entities who are engaged in various maritime activities gave us an opportunity to explain in detail the processes and requirements covered by the new regulations. The support of Dubai’s maritime stakeholders is certainly crucial in our mission to maintain maritime safety and security through the optimal use of navigation aids,” he added.
Dubai Maritime City Authority will issue detailed maps for deployment of navigation aids in Dubai and distribute them to all stakeholders and relevant bodies.-TradeArabia News Service