The Maritime Transport Sector supervises all maritime transportation activities in Qatar through three key pillars:

Marine Transport Planning and Licensing:

  • Enforcing the provisions of the legislations and regulations governing Maritime Transport Affairs;
  • Developing the general planning policy for maritime transport processes;
  • Conducting necessary studies to plan the construction and development of maritime transport networks in coordination with the relevant authorities;
  • Conducting necessary studies to determine licensing requirements;
  • Identifying maritime transport service fees;
  • Setting the rules and taking the decisions governing maritime transport services;
  • Receiving, reviewing and approving license applications submitted by maritime transport service providers;
  • Checking the means of maritime transport for compliance with set specifications, in cooperation with relevant authorities;
  • Approving sailors' licenses;
  • Issuing and renewing certificates of competency and marine licenses and documents for workers on board of Qatari vessels;
  • Approving and renewing certificates of non-Qatari shipmasters, deck officers on board, engineers, and communication officers;
  • Issuing licenses for foreign vessels operating within Qatari waters; and
  • Registering wooden and heritage vessels in coordination with the concerned authorities.

Marine Systems:

  • Registering vessels under international marine transport agreements, issuing certificates thereof, and supervising adherence to domestic and international laws and regulations;
  • Collecting, classifying and analyzing data and records of certificates and vessels registered under the Qatari flag;
  • Proposing laws and requirements of marine eligibility certificates;
  • Supervising work conditions on board of vessels according to applicable laws, in coordination with the competent authorities;
  • Inspecting and checking national and foreign vessels, in coordination with the competent authorities;
  • Detaining violating and hazardous vessels;
  • Proposing necessary measures for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, and providing consultancy for implementation;
  • Participating in investigations into marine accidents of civilian and commercial vessels that occur within Qatari waters, and accidents of Qatari vessels abroad;
  • Proposing laws, regulations and decisions regarding maritime transport activities, in coordination with the Legal Affairs;
  • Verifying the commitment of national companies operating in maritime transport to local legislations and international maritime conventions; and
  • Conducting necessary studies for the development of the national fleet to enhance its competitiveness.

Performance Quality of Maritime Transport Services:

  • Conducting necessary studies for the development of maritime safety standards, and proposing safety rules and requirements related to vessels;
  • Setting and developing technical performance standards of maritime transport activities;
  • Overseeing the general performance of licensed maritime agencies and companies;
  • Ensuring compliance with general quality standards, requirements and controls of service performance; and
  • Examining all types of maritime transportations to ensure their safety.


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