The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced that it has started facilitating ship traffic for new waterfront projects in Dubai. The move falls in line with continuing efforts to promote and develop the emirate’s maritime industry based on global standards and in line with the set goals and objectives of the Maritime Sector Strategy.
The authority has reportedly completed the process needed to officially provide naval assistance, including the power to grant approval for ships to set sail, drop anchor, and move from port to port using maritime lights and the Automated Identification System (AIS) – new shipping technologies that represents a stronger push in the move towards ensuring safety, safe navigation, and operational efficiency within the territorial waters of Dubai.
Mohammed Khalifa Al Huraiz, Director of Waterway Control, DMCA, said: “This new development demonstrates our commitment to establish and achieve a feeling of secure navigation through the use of the latest technologies, including advanced IT systems to avoid collisions and help get the necessary information about location, direction, speed, and world timing. This falls in line with the efforts to improve the performance, safety, efficiency, and competitiveness of the local maritime cluster components, and to develop an integrated, secure and attractive maritime environment for regional and international investors.”