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PCFC signs MoU with TDRA to enhance business practices within the maritime sector

Monday, December 25, 2023

The Dubai Maritime Authority of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA). This partnership marks a significant stride by improving the regulatory framework for maritime business operations, aiming to enhance efficiency in the sector. The MoU establishes a streamlined and cohesive procedure for acquiring the necessary authorizations for maritime vessels through the Dubai Maritime Authority. TDRA is focused on simplifying the process of granting wireless device authorizations for recreational marine vessels exceeding 10.6 meters in length, in addition to all classes of commercial marine vessels operating within the territorial waters of the UAE. Sheikh Dr. Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, affirmed that the MoU signed with TDRA to work closely with all government entities to streamline service application processes for an enhanced customer experience within the Dubai Government. He indicated that the registration and licensing of marine vessels are subject to assessments to verify their compliance with approved technical specifications and adherence to maritime standards, requirements, and regulations. These measures are crucial for ensuring the safety of the vessels' users. H.E. Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, TDRA Director General, commented: “Our collaboration with Dubai PCFC aligns seamlessly with our shared objectives, in harmony with the "We the UAE 2031" vision and the directives of our wise leadership. These goals emphasize the imperative of synergizing efforts to establish a cohesive digital ecosystem that fosters a knowledge-based society and economy at the national level. We highly value the dedication of PCFC officials in leveraging TDRA's role as enabler of digital transformation. We affirm our unwavering readiness to collaborate with both federal and local entities in all projects and initiatives aimed at shaping the envisioned digital future”. This collaboration coincides with a period of substantial growth in the UAE's maritime sector, characterized by an increased demand for licenses and wireless device authorizations. This heightened demand necessitates more efficient regulatory procedures than ever before. With the implementation of this partnership, stakeholders within the maritime industry can anticipate a streamlined, effective, and hassle-free licensing process.