The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced that it is now allowing the resumption of crew changing across all ports and anchorage areas in Dubai In recognition of the efforts of seafarers and their vital role in globally securing supply chains.
The new resolution falls in line with the DMCA's commitment to provide all means required to ensure the full return of the local maritime sector to its normal pace — with Dubai being one of the major maritime hubs in the world.
DMCA said the resumption is being allowed provided that the COVID-19 guidelines and requirements set by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are properly observed and complied with.
"As per the DMCA's new resolution, all agents are required to coordinate with the DMCA and other competent UAE authorities to ensure the quick processing of crew transfers from ships to airports and vice versa. All agents are urged to undergo the required medical examinations in compliance with the preventive procedures and guidelines for the COVID 19 virus to preserve the health and safety of both ship crew and relevant personnel," the statement read.
DMCA earlier issued a resolution 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 DMCA and other relevant authorities.
"We will set clear and strict guidelines to govern the change in marine crew members, in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of the Dubai Health Authority and the emirate’s Covid-19 precautionary measures. For our part, we will continue to work closely with our strategic partners in ports and airports and other relevant government entities to ensure that the procedures are carried out smoothly, efficiently and securely while protecting and maintaining public health and safety," said Eng. Mohammad Al Bastaki, director – Marine Anchorage Operations Department for DMCA.
All companies were urged to adhere to the guidelines and health rules enforced locally to maintain the health and safety of ship crew, visitors and employees.