In a move designed to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as a centre for maritime activities, Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) has been assigned as the primary custodian of all of Abu Dhabi’s waterways and marine systems, through the creation of a new organisation called Abu Dhabi Maritime, formed by the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT). ADP and DMT have agreed to cooperate in launching a wide variety of integrated services and facilities, leveraging on ADP’s maritime expertise.
The new entity, which will have a mandate to implement a range of maritime services and develop necessary infrastructure, will be supported by a new Maritime Advisory Council. This will represent the interests of key partners and customers including government entities, ports, individual users, communities, and marine service companies.
Under its new mandate, Abu Dhabi Maritime will oversee all of Abu Dhabi’s waterways and the people who use them. It will be responsible for drafting, monitoring, and enforcing regulations and codes, as well as developing and maintaining all waterway infrastructure and assets.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports Group CEO, said: “Establishing Abu Dhabi Maritime serves to advance our emirate’s goal of becoming a world leading maritime centre through the pursuit of regulatory advancement, fulfilling the needs of the maritime sector and attracting more direct foreign investment.”
The new entity will commence its work by implementing a comprehensive regulatory framework, developing maritime infrastructure, and introducing consolidated strategic planning for coastal zone management. The aim is to attract new investors and increase the maritime sector’s contribution to the growth of the national economy.
Abu Dhabi Maritime will soon launch the expansion of Delma Port, which will accommodate more than 60 local fishing dhows, in addition to new slipways, a digitalised booking system serving the wider boating community, and mooring facilities.