The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) to develop the United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) maritime sector.

The agreement is aimed at supporting the development, consolidation and regulation of the country’s maritime sector based on competitiveness, sustainability, excellence and innovation.

The MoC is also expected to pave the way for effective strategic partnerships between the two parties and also boost UAE’s position in the global maritime industry.

DMCA chairman and Dubai Ports World (DP World) group chairman and CEO Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “We look forward to a positive change within the local maritime sector and activating its contribution to meet the needs of the ambitious development process.

“This is what we aspire to achieve through the signing of this strategic memorandum, which is a big step towards integration of maritime safety, navigation and operational efficiency along the local coasts to establish a renewed and secure maritime sector capable of meeting the requirements of sustainable economic development in Dubai and the UAE.”

“We look forward to a positive change within the local maritime sector and activating its contribution to meet the needs of the ambitious development process.”

As part of the latest deal, DoT Abu Dhabi and DMCA will work together to develop licensing procedures for maritime means, permits and maritime approvals, in order to implement the best procedures and provide improved services to customers.

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The MoC will also see the development of a regulation and monitoring mechanism allowing DoT Abu Dhabi and DMCA to jointly handle violations and marine accidents related to all sorts of sea transport and water-powered motorbikes.

Both the parties have agreed to launch joint efforts to strengthen knowledge and develop Emirati cadres in the maritime transport sector, in line with UAE’s objectives of the Vision 2021.

The collaboration will also provide the DoT in Abu Dhabi with the necessary information and services to improve training and benefit.