Dubai – MENA Herald: Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is poised to introduce an integrated portfolio of maritime licensing services on the side lines of its upcoming participation at Dubai International Boat Show 2016 from March 1 to 5, 2016 at the Dubai International Marine Club in Mina Seyahi. This move is part of DMCA’s efforts to facilitate maritime licensing, a fundamental pillar for seamless management of maritime operations in accordance with the highest standards of occupational safety, best environmental practices, and local and international regulations.

As part of its participation in the 24th edition of the flagship regional marine luxury, leisure and lifestyle industry event, DMCA’s pavilion will showcase a unified and integrated platform where tests for marine craft driving license can be conducted and all kinds of licensing procedures can be completed quickly and easily. Before a marine license is issued, an authorized team will verify if all technical specifications, provisions of maritime safety regulations, and local environmental requirements are fulfilled in accordance with the unified international standards. The step is part of the continuous efforts to improve the performance, safety, efficiency, and competitiveness of Dubai’s maritime sector.

DMCA’s Executive Director, Amer Ali said that maritime licensing mechanisms are particularly important because they are designed to organize, promote and develop the sector in line with the local, regional and international trends. He pointed out that DMCA will work in pursuance of Resolution No. 11 of 2013 to issue Implementing Regulations (IR) of Resolution No. 11 of 2010 for licensing of commercial and recreational marine crafts and of traditional wooden boats in Dubai.

Ali added: “Showcasing our integrated portfolio of maritime licensing services at Dubai International Boat Show 2016 is part of our tireless efforts to further enhance the sector’s various competitive advantages to make Dubai one of the most important maritime hubs in the world by 2020.”

Adel Kalanter, Director – Registration and Licensing, DMCA, said: “2015 has seen a remarkable demand for licensing marine crafts and crews. A total of 1,623 licenses were issued for different kinds of marine crafts and 2,396 licenses for marine crews by the end of December. This growth was driven by our innovative services and new facilities, among others, designed to achieve the highest levels of satisfaction and happiness of our customers as well as integrate all aspects of maritime safety, safe navigation and operational efficiency off Dubai coasts.”

Ali concluded: “Last year’s positive results have encouraged us to further enhance customer service through world-class marine licensing mechanisms. During the event, we will feature services, facilities and initiatives to achieve our goal of positioning Dubai as a world-class global maritime hub.”

DMCA’s pavilion will display a wide range of innovative services and applications as well as smart services developed to enhance customer experience and support Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy, an essential pillar of an ongoing initiative aimed at increasing the confidence of regional and international investors and improving the local maritime sector’s key components.