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Abu Dhabi Maritime announces significant reduction in marine incidents

Abu Dhabi Maritime, a part of AD Ports Group, has reported a 62% decrease in marine incidents during the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2021. The establishment of Abu Dhabi Maritime was made possible by an agreement between AD Ports Group and the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in 2020. Its primary responsibility is to govern the development of Abu Dhabi’s maritime sector, provide maritime services, and enhance the emirate’s status as a global maritime capital.

Strict adherence to international safety standards

One of Abu Dhabi Maritime’s main goals is to ensure strict adherence to international safety standards and best practice operating procedures for waterway usage. The organization works closely with the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and local authorities to disseminate essential information to the maritime community and develop robust coastal and marine infrastructure. These efforts have resulted in an increase in awareness and adherence to maritime regulations, leading to a significant decline in incidents on the waters of Abu Dhabi.

Commitment to providing the highest standards of service

According to His Excellency Dr. Salem Khalfan Al Kaabi, Director General of Operational Affairs at the Department of Municipalities and Transport, this achievement demonstrates the commitment shared by the DMT and Abu Dhabi Maritime to provide the highest standards of service to Abu Dhabi’s marine communities. By providing easy access to vital information through integrated digital solutions, waterway users became more conscious of the environment in which they operate and recognise their responsibility in contributing to the safe use of Abu Dhabi’s waterways.

Innovative digital solutions for maritime safety

Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Maritime, commended the efforts of the maritime community for their adherence to safety measures. He also highlighted Abu Dhabi Maritime’s use of innovative digital solutions to ensure that Abu Dhabi’s waters are safe for all users. The organization has developed safety maps that offer comprehensive and informative resources for waterway usage, which are integrated across its digital platforms. The Al Nalia application, purpose-built to provide easy access to this vital data for all marine operators, enables users to interact with the maps in real-time, displaying their precise location and providing immediate updates on regulations governing their current operating zone.

Valuable insights for various types of marine crafts

The safety maps, accompanied by a set of rules and regulations, provide valuable insights on ideal anchorage locations, restricted access zones such as important trade corridors and environmentally sensitive areas, as well as information on speed limits within each designated area. Designed to cater to various types of marine crafts, these maps also highlight passages, connective routes, and dedicated zones for water sport activities including swimming, motorised and non-motorised sports, and designated areas for Jet ski use.

Abu Dhabi Maritime’s efforts have contributed to raising Abu Dhabi’s ranking as a global maritime capital. To learn more about Abu Dhabi Maritime, visit their website at

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