Guide Highlights Vital Safety Aspects of Maritime Navigation

ABU DHABI - The first edition of the ‘Guide to Safe Boating’ was released by the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show, which opened at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on Thursday.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sun 15 Mar 2009, 1:24 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:26 PM

The Guide is available free to all visitors of the show as well as through the Maritime Sector of the DoT, or through downloading from the DoT Internet website at:

The Guide comes in separate volumes in Arabic and English containing important information and tips on safe boating for owners and users of leisure marine vessels of different sizes, covering pre-departure, sailing and anchoring stages.

In the pre-departure stage, the Guide discusses marine vessel maintenance and the importance of ensuring the readiness of all safety equipment onboard.

During the journey, the Guide provides important instructions and useful tips on boat handling in different sea conditions and highlights the rules of collision prevention and avoidance.

In the following stage, it draws attention to best mooring and anchoring techniques and shedslight throughout its pageson other importantsafety information.

In addition, the Guide features a number of useful illustrations and signals explaining navigation lights, sound signals, cardinal marks, distress flares, emergency handling andfire fighting, as well as a checklist and glossary of boating terms.

Through the issuance of the ‘Guide to Safe Boating’, theDoT aims to promote safe boating practices, raise environmental awareness, disseminate practical information to avoid and prevent collisions and, support the efficiency of waterways management in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the DoT said at the launch.

TheDoT was establishedin 2006 to cover the entire value chain and ensure fully coordinated planning in all aspects of transport policy and development in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in cooperation with all relevant local, regional and international stakeholders and partners.

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