Bahrain: Ministerial decisions include maritime safety conditions

Within the framework of the keenness of the Ports and Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communications to enhance the maritime safety of sea-goers, especially the amateurs and fishermen, it has recently launched a number of initiatives in this regard

Within the framework of the keenness of the Ports and Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communications to enhance the maritime safety of sea-goers, especially the amateurs and fishermen, it has recently launched a number of initiatives in this regard, the most important of which are the issuance of ministerial decisions that include safety conditions that must be met on all types of pleasure vessels, fishing vessels and commercial vessels. In addition to the safety conditions for users of water bikes, specifically in Resolution No. (2) of 2021 and Resolution No. (2) of 2022.

Also among these initiatives is the requirement that the captains of yachts of 36 feet and more receive specialized and certified training in the basic skills of marine navigation, how to use the ship’s navigational devices and how to act during emergency situations, due to the possibility of the presence of larger numbers of passengers than small ships and cruisers, and as it is known whenever The number of passengers increased, the more specialized training became required for how to deal with them, as statistics showed that in marine accidents, one of the parties to it is often these types of ships. Accordingly, the Ports and Maritime Affairs announced the necessity of obtaining training before applying to renew the sailing permit for the captain, starting from April 1, 2022.