The UAE’s Infrastructure Development Minister and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority has announced amendments to the country’s existing maritime law are being considered. They are aimed at improving maritime operations in the country and encouraging more investment into the sector.
If approved, it will amend Federal Law No. 26/1981 and has been circulated for consultation and feedback. Some of the relevant parties have provided their feedback but feedback from others is pending. The amended law is expected to come into force early next year. Among other things, it will allow those who want to own maritime businesses to own 100% of them and will also introduce a new dispute resolution system. The new dispute resolution centres will report to the Federal Transport Authority. In addition, it will update the maritime lien rules and establish a maritime navigation chamber. They will be responsible for representing private sector interests and a new maritime development fund will also be set up. The chamber will also become a member of the International Chamber of Navigation.