TDRA and Dubai Maritime Authority Forge Partnership to Enhance Maritime Regulations

TDRA and Dubai Maritime Authority Forge Partnership to Enhance Maritime Regulations

By Emirates News Agency, 27 December 2023

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Maritime Authority of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC).

This partnership marks a significant stride in improving the regulatory framework for maritime business operations to enhance efficiency in the sector.

The MoU establishes a streamlined and cohesive procedure for acquiring the necessary authorisations for maritime vessels through the Dubai Maritime Authority.

The TDRA is focused on simplifying the process of granting wireless device authorisations for recreational marine vessels exceeding 10.6 metres in length, in addition to all classes of commercial marine vessels operating within the territorial waters of the UAE.

Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, TDRA Director-General, stated, “Our collaboration with Dubai PCFC aligns seamlessly with our shared objectives, in harmony with the ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision and the directives of our wise leadership. These goals emphasise the imperative of synergising efforts to establish a cohesive digital ecosystem that fosters a knowledge-based society and economy at the national level. We highly value the dedication of the PCFC officials in leveraging the TDRA's role as an enabler of digital transformation. We affirm our unwavering readiness to collaborate with federal and local entities in all projects and initiatives to shape the envisioned digital future.”

Sheikh Dr. Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority, affirmed the MoU would ensure the TDRA worked closely with all government entities to streamline service application processes for an enhanced customer experience within the Dubai Government.

He said that the registration and licencing of marine vessels are subject to assessments to verify their compliance with approved technical specifications and adherence to maritime standards, requirements, and regulations.

These measures are crucial for ensuring the safety of the vessels' users.

This collaboration coincides with substantial growth in the UAE's maritime sector, characterised by increased demand for licences and wireless device authorisations.

This heightened demand necessitates more efficient regulatory procedures than ever before.

With the implementation of this partnership, stakeholders within the maritime industry can anticipate a streamlined, effective, and hassle-free licencing process.

Amjad Saleh / Muhammad Aamir

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