Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has launched ‘The Dubai Powerboat Handbook’ in both English and Arabic during its participation in the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) 2014, running from March 4 to 8, 2014 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi.
The instruction book is an exceptional step to boost the safety of the local maritime sector and increase awareness by following the best international maritime practices. This is in line with Dubai's vision of building a safe and vibrant maritime sector which is able to cope with the consecutive local, regional and international developments. Moreover, it is the first of its kind handbook to be released in Arabic in the world, offering detailed information on the proper and safe use of powerboats.
As a comprehensive and rich reference, ‘The Dubai Powerboat Handbook’ contains the best operating practices of marine crafts, dealing with climate changes, boating methods, helicopter search and rescue operations and planning, boating knots, boat towing techniques, maritime safety standards, emergency response procedures, Life Saving Signals, and marinas in Dubai. The manual also offers in-depth information about laws and regulations concerning boats structure, engine operations, maneuvering rules, operation, traffic, anchoring, speed, unloading points, navigation systems, marine buoys and maritime areas of activity.
Commenting on the handbook, Abdullah Bin Tawk, Senior Maritime Inspection Director, DMCA said: “The bilingual handbook is a significant step in terms of defining the best practices in maintaining the highest standards of maritime safety and operating efficiency of the local maritime sector. DMCA is an active contributor towards promotion of excellence in Dubai in terms of full integration among marine infrastructure, operational processes, legislation and regulations to ensure that the levels of preparedness and competitiveness are at par with regional and international standards.”
“DMCA aims to spread awareness about marine safety and how to exercise proper caution among marine transportation users by sharing knowledge on the best practices in the operation and use of marine transportation in Dubai. ‘The Dubai Powerboat Handbook’ is an essential step towards achieving this goal. We would like to thank the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) for assisting us in completing this work. We will continue to work closely with our government partners and non-government entities such as marinas and marine clubs to make our handbook available free of cost for marine transportation users in Dubai. Interested parties can obtain the material from DMCA’s office in Dubai as well,” he concluded.