DMCA Anchorage Areas In Dubai


Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has declared that it is now permitted the crew change across all ports and anchorage areas in Dubai realizing the efforts of seafarers and their vital role in globally securing supply chains. The renewal is allowable since the COVID-19 guidelines and requirements set by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are properly observed and implied. The new decision falls in line with the DMCA’s obligation to provide all means required to ensure the full return of the local marine sector to its normal pace.


The shifting follows after the successful execution of the National Disinfection Program in Dubai, ensuring the highest levels of safety, security and protection of maritime crew members, visitors, employees. As per the new decree, all employers are required to coordinate with the DMCA and other competent UAE authorities to ensure the quick handling of crew transfers from ships to airports. Agents are urged to undergo the required medical examinations in compliance with the preventive measures and guidelines for the COVID 19 virus to maintain the health and safety of both ship crew and relevant personnel.


“Allowing the change of ship crew members in ports and anchorage areas within Dubai’s territorial waters will help organize, facilitate and enhance maritime activities in accordance with legal and regulatory frameworks enacted to bring the maritime sector’s vibrancy back to the post-COVID-19 level.“
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority.


DMCA’s obligated to provide the necessary facilities to ships and crew to ensure continuity of operations within the global maritime supply chain. Earlier a resolution was issued directing the resumption of maritime operations across Dubai’s anchorage areas, which is aimed at enabling ships located in the emirate’s territorial waters to have access to a diverse range of services, including maintenance and repair, subject to obtaining the proper permits from the UAE authorities. All companies are urged to adhere to the guidelines and health rules enforced locally to maintain the health and safety of ship crew, visitors, and employees.


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