Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a law regarding licensing of marine transport in blue and white waters in the emirate.
Under the law, Dubai Maritime City will be the regulatory body for sea transport and activities in the emirate.
The law covers all means of sea transport including any means of transport in territorial waters and waterways of the emirate for the transport of persons or goods, whether for personal, commercial, tourist or sports purposes.
The law aims to regulate licensing procedures for marine transport operating in Dubai and inspection, and the organisation of maritime transport that ensures the utmost security, safety and preservation of the environment, and provide services in the transport of persons and goods to serve the objectives and requirements of economic development in the emirate.
Under the law, the Dubai Maritime City (DMC) is given the responsibility to conduct technical tests, licensing and registration after making sure they meet the prescribed technical specifications.
The DMC is also responsible for licensing of pilots and crews of different marine transport.
As per the law, the city will be the regulatory and control body in the emirate, and is tasked to set rules and regulations related to technical testing and inspection, monitor and supervise marine transport, and regulate berthing in coordination with relevant government bodies.
It will also include the functions of the Dubai Maritime City Authority, according to a law setting standards and requirements and regulations governing the conduct of due diligence and monitoring and inspection by sea, and the organisation of places of stay and accommodate in coordination with government agencies concerned.
It will also be responsible for identifying the main lines of the maritime transportation system in Dubai.