Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, and the Dubai Police have launched a new awareness campaign urging marine vessels to abide by designated speed limits across Dubai waters. The move aims to promote safe driving in regional waters to maintain highest standards of maritime safety in the emirate.
The maximum speed limit is determined based on operating conditions and local safety measures, speed is measured by knots and according to the following:
First: A speed limit of 5 knots is to be complied with in the ports of Dubai.
Second: A speed limit of 7 knots is to be complied with in Khor Dubai and Memzer.
Third: A speed limit of 7 knots is to be complied with in the following cases:
When compelled to enter within 300m of the beach area in the case of an emergency.
When passing within 50m of any boat moorage, diving platform, loading dock or ship moorage.
When passing through an anchoring area of small marine vessels.
These speed limits apply to all areas except the areas which have designated speed limit signs.
Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, praised the DMCA’s vital role in introducing several maritime safety initiatives which have had a positive impact on the image of Dubai’s maritime sector. He also lauded DMCA’s firm commitment to develop strict regulations on marine vessels to follow safe driving methods while abiding by the speed limits to ensure safety of all beach-goers under the highest standards of maritime safety in Dubai.
The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police commended its strategic partnership with various safety and security-related entities, including DMCA. He further added that the campaign aims to spread awareness among the youth on the best practices for safe Jet Ski driving is part of the effort to promote maritime safety across Dubai’s territorial waters. The campaign is the result of the fruitful cooperation between legislative authorities and executive entities to achieve mutual strategic objectives of industry-related organizations and departments. It is in line with their mission to maintain a highly efficient, professional and secure maritime environment, while providing the highest levels of maritime safety across all segments in Dubai.
Major-General Al Mazeina explained that the Dubai Police recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DMCA to improve shore security by conducting daily night-and-day patrols to ensure seamless operation of marine vessel anchorages. He urged everyone to abide by the laws regulating random water sports in line with the best international practices by developing robust regulations and legislations to reduce human and financial risks while at the same time promote maritime safety standards and create an ideal and safe environment for all types of water sports.
H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority, said that determining speed limits across Dubai waters complements DMCA’s ongoing efforts to implement the highest standards of maritime safety and operational management in line with the best practices and in compliance with local and international decisions. “The campaign serves as a valuable addition to the successive achievements in terms of developing and upgrading maritime regulations and operational strategies in order to promote industry performance, safety, efficiency and competitiveness at regional and international levels. This is poised to facilitate Dubai’s transformation into one of the most developed maritime and trade centers of the world.”
The new speed limit decision comes in line with Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy aimed at organizing, developing and promoting the maritime sector to ensure ultimate integration of maritime safety, secure navigation and operational efficiency along the coastline to promote the emirate’s leading position on the international maritime landscape.