(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) in Abu Dhabi launched the second major campaign to promote marine safety and security of jet ski and water boat users in the emirate.
The campaign titled Bihar, Marine Safety is our responsibility will explain CNIAs central role to the community people in protecting the marine environment of Abu Dhabi waters making coastal lines and beaches safe for all users.
Bihar will use a variety of advertising resources to reach a wide target audience in addition to a set of activities performed in schools, marine sports clubs, beaches and malls.
The initiative will guide boat owners on the importance of taking the correct safety precautions before setting sail and make everyone aware of the dedicated 996 number to call in case of emergencies.
It will also raise awareness of restricted marine areas and environmentally protected locations that boaters, jet skiers and fishermen need to avoid according to federal and local laws.
The campaign will continue till the end of December this year.
To a question, Staff Colonel Ishaq Mohammed Al Basher said, Normally we receive around ten emergency calls every day from marine users and most of them are related to assistance for refilling of fuel and we have not got any major incident during past six months.
E-passport The CNIA launched an e-passport device for all marine users last year. Those failing to carry it with them onboard were fined Dh5,000.
CNIA issues e-passport devices to monitor boats. The device provides the exact location of marine vessels helping rescue teams respond quickly in case of emergency calls. This increases the efficiency of the search and rescue response rate, thus reducing the rate of drowning.
By Anwar Ahmad