Dubai launches patrols for jet skis
Dubai, April 24, 2013
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) said it has started day and night patrolling to facilitate the smooth operation of jet skis and ensure that users adhere to the new regulations with regard to jet ski use across Dubai’s coastline.
The DMCA move comes following its recent introduction of new rules and regulations in this regard including the allocation of resting areas for jet skis, said a statement from the authority.
This will facilitate the smooth operation of jet skis and allow users to avail the best services that will enable them to optimally enjoy the local marine environment.
As part of the new safety measures, 300-metre buffer zones have been imposed around three Dubai beaches at Dubai Marina, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 and Jumeirah 2 and 3 to keep jet skis out of swimming areas. This is the result of DMCA’s mutual cooperation and ongoing collaboration with Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, Coast Guard and other relevant parties.
The number of jet skis registered with Dubai Maritime City Authority has reached 339 in April 2013, representing an annual increase of 15 per cent compared to 2012.
This number is on the rise, underlining the importance of maintaining the highest standards of maritime safety, which in turn will promote marine tourism in Dubai, said a top official.
Amer Ali, the DMCA executive director said, “Maritime safety is vital to reinforce confidence in the local maritime industry and further improve its competitiveness and promote Dubai as one of the leading international maritime destinations. The safety-oriented initiatives are set to pave the way for a safe, vibrant maritime sector and therefore support the economic growth in Dubai, in accordance with the highest standards of excellence.”
"Allocation of resting areas for jet skis is not sufficient. We also have to extend support through a dedicated team to ensure that jet ski users receive our total assistance and advice when needed," explained Ali.
Accordingto him, DMCA has introduced a range of safety measures that need to be taken while using a jet ski. These include:
•Water sports activities can only be undertaken between sunrise and sunset
•Life jacket must be worn at all times when in waters
•Do not exceed the limit for number of passengers allowed onboard
•Be aware of the traffic, take caution, respect speed limits and leave a safe distance from other watercrafts and floating objects
•Do not attempt any activities in waterways or entrances and exits of marinas, ports and resting areas
•Do not attempt any activities near restricted areas
•Children below 16 years must be accompanied by a guardian
•Do not attempt any activities near the shores marked by yellow buoys
•Jet skis are allowed to stay at the resting areas for rest only, and must abide by the speed limits when entering and existing these areas
"DMCA’s team is keen to directly supervise the new usage guidelines and resting areas for jet skis and buoy systems to ensure smooth and efficient operation. The team also coordinates closely with Dubai Police, Coast Guard, Dubai Municipality and all industry-related entities to achieve its goal of streamlining marine activities in Dubai,” said Ali.-TradeArabia News Service