DMCA's public private partnership model drives agenda during Marina Senior Management Forum
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, October 20 - 2012 at 14:37
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Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, recently concluded a public private partnership (PPP) Forum with the senior management of the flagship marinas in Dubai.
In collaboration with other government stakeholders, DMCA is driving a consensus process to enhance existing marina measures, standardize best management practices and manage critical sustainable aspects of the industry.
Marina Management welcomed the opportunity to discuss their desire for greater local regulation regarding the licensing of personnel operating leisure and pleasure craft; innovative approaches to calls for marine assistance that are non emergency in nature; enhancing existing emergency response plans, procedures and challenges; maritime traffic management; and marina system regulations as they pertain to maritime safety, fire and environmental standards.
DMCA agreed to hold quarterly work group meetings with the marinas to ensure that their unique area of operations has a voice in the development of regulations and long term maritime sector strategy as well as reporting on key performance indicators and contributions to the GDP.
The agenda was ambitious and the discussions wide ranging, with the flow and depth of information impressive. The initiative has already reaped results with a draft Marina Integrated Waste Management System Regulation being reviewed by the marinas with a comment and implementation deadline set. The Regulation allows for the differences in marina operations, and is written to promote internal and external review and continuous improvement.
The regulation outlines the responsibilities of all of the stakeholders including the marina operators in Dubai, the key sections of the waste management plan to be adopted by the marinas, and the responsibilities of boat owners with regard to the environmental-protection policy of Dubai's marinas.
Additionally Marina Management now has a single point of contact for reporting navigational hazards, dangerous marine incidents, and potential areas of concern for the marine community in the DMCA's Marine Adviser's Office. The marinas also agreed to explore a mutual aide system whereby each marina would lend assistance to non-members that experience non-life threatening emergencies (run out of gas) in their marinas area of operations.
Ali Al Daboos, Executive Director of Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said, "Dubai continues to channel huge investments to develop world-class marinas, unlocking more business and investment opportunities in the emirate's maritime industry while ultimately contributing to the emirate's long-term economic growth strategy. In this regard, marina operators play a very important role in our efforts to expand and strengthen Dubai's maritime sector. The recent meeting with key professionals of Dubai's marine leisure sector is part of our continuing drive to ensure the sustainable growth of the maritime sector and bolster Dubai's reputation as the premier maritime hub in the Middle East."
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