The Environment and Maritime Safety Department at Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has urged all ship owners and agents to obtain authorization from the Authority in order to anchor in designated areas. The move follows the DMCA’s decision in early 2014 to organize anchorage areas in Dubai.
The decision was positively received by ship owners and agents from different countries who reaffirmed their commitment to the decisions, regulations and legislations issued by DMCA.
Abdullah Al Hayas, Senior Manager, Maritime Safety Department, DMCA, explained that this is in line with the Authority’s commitment to ensure that all types of marine craft – including those used for commercial, tourism, sports, recreational and traditional marine purposes – comply with the highest standards of safety and environmental practices during the anchorage process. The DMCA will also make sure that all concerned parties abide by local and federal regulations as well as international conventions issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), he added.
Al Hayas commended the efforts of ship owners and agents towards working in accordance with the DMCA’s objective of integrating maritime safety and the safe navigation and operational efficiency of marine craft across the local coastline to promote Dubai’s position as a first-class international maritime hub.
All marine craft anchoring within Dubai’s territorial waters without prior authorization will be forewarned and penalized by DMCA in accordance with Clause (65) of the Fines and Violations Table stipulated by Executive Council Decision No. (11) of 2013.
DMCA offers approved authorization to marine craft upon ensuring the conformity of their technical and operational specifications with Dubai’s anchorage regulations.
DCMA, May 5, 2014