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Dubai Maritime City Authority to establish ship & yacht licensing bureaus

The UAE Transport Authority (NTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Maritime City Authority, the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group of companies, to open licensing and registration bureaus for commercial ships, yachts and leisure boats, adding to the City’s goal of promoting the Emirate as a centre of the maritime industry.

The landmark MOU, which was signed by Amer Ali, CEO of Dubai Maritime City; and Dr. Naser Sayf Al Mansori, NTA General Manager, is expected to help streamline the NTA’s ability to monitor and manage marine vessel registration, licensing and other services through Dubai Maritime City’s new bureaus.

Dr. Naser Sayf Al Mansori commented: “We are excited about our partnership with this innovative project, the first-of-its-kind in the region and the world, which has taken on such a significant responsibility. As the UAE’s National Transport Authority, we will do our utmost to support Dubai Maritime City Authority in growing the maritime industry both locally and on a regional level.”

He further added: “Our partnership with Dubai Maritime City Authority will enable us to establish a series of licensing and registration bureaus for ships and leisure boats, which will appeal to a broader segment of the global maritime industry, thus strengthening the UAE’s position as an important port of call in this rapidly growing sector. It will also help us rationalise our overall national transportation strategy, which will positively reflect on the businesses society of the UAE.”

On his part, Amer Ali said: “This MoU will help unify the region’s strong yet still generally segmented maritime sector by establishing world-class standards and marine transportation policies and combine the requirements of boat owners all in one location.”

The bureaus, the first of which will be launched within Dubai Maritime City in June of this year, will support the development of the UAE and the region’s maritime sector by encouraging boat owners to adopt the highest possible standards of public safety on the water. The offices are likewise expected to contribute significantly to the growth of the boating community, with around 30,000 to 40,000 new boats poised to be berthed at Dubai in the next 5 years. According to DMC officials, an additional 3 or 4 bureaus are scheduled to open across the Emirate by the end of 2008, with 3 or 4 more to be launched within 2009.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have agreed to leverage their capabilities to provide intensive training to maritime personnel and thus significantly improve marine services, safety and security; while cooperating on conceptualising and organising various conferences and events to boost the profile of the UAE’s maritime industry.

Dubai Maritime City incorporates a full range of industrial, commercial, residential and leisure facilities distributed in six distinct districts: Harbour Offices, Harbour Residences, Maritime Centre, Dubai Maritime City Campus, Marina District, and the Industrial Quarter managed by Dubai Drydocks. Dubai Maritime City is also renowned for its pro-environment policy wherein all projects are required to obtain green building certification to ensure energy conservation and optimised living conditions.

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