The Gulf Today, June 19, 2013
starts issuing marine drivers’ licences
June 19, 2013
DUBAI: The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has started implementing
Resolution No.2 of 2013 for Marine Craft Driving Licence as part of efforts to
regulate the local maritime sector.
The move is in line with the best international practices and the highest levels
of maritime safety, environmental security and safe navigation, under Resolution
No.11 of 2013, and as part of the implementation of Law No.11 of 2010 for
licensing of marine craft in the emirate of Dubai.
The recent decision confirms DMCA’s ongoing drive to develop a well-defined
regulatory framework aimed at regulating, developing and promoting the maritime
industry, complementing the Maritime Sector Strategy to strengthen Dubai’s
leading position as a top international maritime destination.
The application of the new resolution requires licensing for crew on personal,
business, sports, tourism and recreational marine craft, including small and
large-sized leisure craft, commercial marine vessels and traditional wooden
dhows. According to the resolution, it is prohibited to use any marine craft
within Dubai’s territorial waters unless he/she holds a certified licence from
Dubai Maritime City Authority. All applicants must be medically fit and have the
theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise to drive light marine vessels,
abras and leisure craft.