Dubai Maritime Authority

Saeed Al Maktoum: We’re working on implementing effective policies contributing to the highest Maritime Safety Standards

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Dubai Maritime Authority (DMA), under the Ports, Customs, and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), signs a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), aiming to enhance and develop the 360 marine transport services mechanism within the Authority through electronic integration with Dubai Maritime Authority's system as part of the services package provided to the public. This partnership was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by Sheikh Dr Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime Authority, and Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum remarked, "The Dubai Maritime Authority is committed to forging robust strategic alliances with government bodies, private entities, and stakeholders involved in maritime activities in Dubai, to achieve our goal of nurturing a sustainable and secure maritime business that supports Dubai’s economic growth. He added that the DMA is committed to broadening practical structures and developing effective policies capable of upholding the highest maritime safety standards and promoting top green marine practices aligned with both local and international regulations. The overall objective is to ensure a safe and conducive marine environment that supports operational efficiency and thriving maritime commerce, he said. Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan was delighted with the signing of the MoU with the Dubai Maritime Authority and reiterated RTA's commitment to collaborate with relevant authorities across Dubai. “This partnership aims to enhance RTA’s marine transport and other associated services toward enhancing customer satisfaction and enriching their overall experience.” By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, the two parties aim to link RTA's services with DMA's system to enable the public to avail of services such as short-term berth rentals that allow private boats to dock temporarily at maritime stations without overnight stays, in addition to licensing services for maritime transport means registered with the Dubai Maritime Authority by electronically linking with insurance companies under RTA’s system. Additionally, it aims to upgrade the licensing services for the crews of maritime vessels registered with the Dubai Maritime Authority by accessing eyesight test data through RTA’s system. These initiatives are designed to streamline the interconnectivity between concerned departments, thus simplifying the access to customer data and information on registered marine transport means and providing the service to customers. The establishment of the Dubai Maritime Authority in 2007 was marked by a substantial transformation in the local maritime industry. It introduced a raft of initiatives and regulatory measures that foster an investment-friendly environment to attract marine industry leaders from around the globe to cement Dubai’s position as a premier global maritime hub. Established as an independent government body dedicated to regulating, promoting, and developing the maritime sector, the DMA lays a solid foundation up to the highest standards of excellence and quality for developing world-class legislation. It focuses on enhancing the maritime industry and modernising the infrastructure & operational processes and logistical services. It also seeks to diversify investment opportunities to boost Dubai's competitiveness in maritime business, both regionally and globally.