Dubai: Safe manning certificates will be mandatory for all marine craft operating in Dubai waters, as part of new regulations issued by the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA).

The initiative stipulates that all commercial marine craft and traditional dhows, with the exception of abras, are required to obtain a Safe Manning Document before entering Dubai waters.

The new ruling helps ensure the full compliance of these marine craft and dhows with the requirements and regulations set by DMCA.

“The new initiative reaffirms the Authority’s commitment to prompt Dubai’s transformation into one of the most advanced maritime and business destinations in the world. Through such initiatives, we look forward to making a positive change in maritime regulations and operational strategies to boost industry performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness while also reinforcing the leading position of Dubai as a first-class international maritime hub,” said Amer Ali, Executive Director of the Authority.

The Safe Manning regulation requires that every boat has the stipulated number of crew members to operate the craft and complete their mission in a safe manner without compromising the marine environment, facilities or mooring berths.

It also requires that the language of communication used must also be understood by all members. Workers on the marine craft must have completed training sessions related to use of safety and rescue equipment, first aid, public safety, firefighting and water pollution.

“The document is issued based on the compliance of marine craft with the highest standards of maritime safety and best international practices related to safe operational management. The crew of commercial marine vessels and traditional dhows, such as floating restaurants and cruise yachts, must have official licensing from DMCA. The captain of the marine craft must keep the Safe Manning Document on-board to be reviewed by DMCA inspectors,” said Abdullah Bintoaq, Senior Maritime Inspection Director, DMCA.

The decision to issue Safe Manning Documents to marine vessels in Dubai waters is in line with Resolution No 11 of 2013 to issue Implementing Regulations (IR) of Resolution No 11 of 2010 for licensing of marine craft in the emirate of Dubai. It supports the ongoing efforts to create a safe and vibrant maritime sector, which is in line with the Maritime Sector Strategy.