Marine Section



The Marine Section undertakes the review and approval of the marine aspects of all submissions related to the development of ports, quay walls, marinas, dredging & reclamation and man-made islands with the aim of ensuring that the design meets with the minimum requirements stipulated in the “Marinas & Small Craft Harbour – Regulations & Design Guidelines” and international codes of practice to ensure public’s safety through safe design. The Section manages the process of Marine Permit submission, coordinating with other sections involved. In line with the overall mandate of facilitating development the section also authorizes a variety of operations before the issuing of Marine Permit, but after the Concept Design has been approved. Operations such as mobilization, soil investigation, soil improvement, dredging, reclamation works, piling are examples of these activities.

The Marine Section also handles Marine Consultants’ Registration and entertains any related requests or enquiries.

The Section issues Marine Permits and drawings approval as well as various NOCs (No Objection Certificates) to cover allowed activities prior to the issue of a Marina Permit.


The Section’s staff has the expertise and experience needed in their work in its various facets. Such expertise covers all kinds of maritime structures and development of islands and other marine activities. Additionally the Marine Section gives support to the Architectural Section in order to approve the master planning and development of man-made islands as well as Geotechnical expertise necessary for an integrated review process. Professional Development is a key activity through which the staff upgrades their technical, communication and people’s skills.


The Marine Section handles the review and approval of Preliminary and Detailed proposals. It also handles the marine aspects of Revision Submittals and design changes. The Section also coordinates the Marine Permit Submission Process as well as Consultants’ Registration.

The NOCs the Marine Section issues cover mobilization, signboards, excavation, shoring where applicable, soil investigation, test piles and piling works as well as soil improvement.

Members of the staff take responsibility for the delivery of the Marine Structures part of the Accreditation Sessions for the Red Code “Marinas & Small Craft Harbour – Regulations & Design Guidelines” which adds a vital communication channel with the engineering community and helps in improving submittal quality and their level of regulatory compliance.


The Section was a contributor to the Red Code “Marinas & Small Craft Harbour – Regulations & Design Guidelines”. The Section also developed and continually refines a set of guidelines, checklists and forms that help streamline processes within the Section and for its clients.

Currently the section is working on consolidating all guidelines and procedures into a new publication that will further enhance communication and cooperation with the engineering community.


The Section’s staff is always prepared to answer enquiries, be it by telephone, e-mail or by drop-in visitors. Enquiries can also be sent to the following general e-mail address:


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