Marina Design and Operations Regulation

Article 1: Definitions

The following terms and words, wherever mentioned in this Regulation, shall have the meanings assigned to each of them, unless the context otherwise requires:


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Red Sea Authority.

Board of Directors of the Authority:

Board of Directors of the Saudi Red Sea Authority.


Regulation for the Design and Operation of Tourist Marinas.


The area used for the cessation or berthing of the marine craft in the Geographical Scope.

Marina Operator:

The establishment with a legal capacity licensed by the authority that handles the daily management and operation of the Tourist Marina.

Maritime Activities:

Maritime navigational activities of the marine craft practiced or used for tourism purposes within the Geographical Scope.

Marine Craft:

Each floating craft prepared for work above or below water bodies used for  tourist or recreational purposes, and the accessories of the Marine Craft

necessary for its exploitation are part of it.

Operating License:

The license issued by the Saudi Red Sea Authority grants approval to the operator to operate the tourist marina.

Geographical Scope:

The territorial sea of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea, in which navigational and maritime activities are practiced, and the part of the land associated with the exercise of such activities, except for the military, security and other zones therein.

Article II (2): Purpose of the Regulation

This Regulation aims to set the terms, conditions and procedures governing the activity and work of Marina Operators and the design of Tourist Marinas within the Geographical Scope, and to provide the main health, safety and environmental protection considerations required from the Marina Operator to obtain the Operating License.

Article III (3): Licensing

  1. Local or foreign tourist Marina Operators must meet the regulatory requirements in accordance with the local regulations in force in the Kingdom.

  2. The Authority shall issue, renew or cancel the necessary license and operate the Tourist Marinas within the Geographical Scope in accordance with the requirements and conditions set by the Authority, provided that this does not prejudice the completion of the requirements and conditions approved by other concerned authorities.

  3. Marina Operators shall obtain prior approval from the Authority for the continued validity of the license in the event of amending its legal entity, and the Authority may, at its discretion, accept or reject the continued validity of the license if the amendment is made without its prior knowledge.

  4. The activity of operating Tourist Marinas may not be conducted without obtaining a license, after its expiry or cancellation, or during the period of its suspension.
  5. To apply for a license, the following conditions must be met:

    a) The establishment must have a branch in the Kingdom of SaudiArabia.

    b) To have sufficient experience to practice the operation of Tourist Marinas.

    c) Proof of solvency in relation to the volume of business and services provided

    d) Provide a list of all works and services provided to beneficiaries

    e) Pay the financial consideration for issuing a license to operate Tourist Marinas, as approved by the Board of Directors of the Authority.

6. Fill out the license application form prepared by the Authority.

Article IV (4): Design of the Tourist Marina

  1. The design of the marina must comply with the Tourist Marinas Building Code Guide approved by the Saudi Red Sea Authority.
  2. The following services must be available in the Tourist Marina:

    a) The marina must be operated in sustainable ways with at least 50% of the total capacity.

    b) The presence of sufficient draught for the channel sof the Tourist Marina and its berths.

    c) The presence of stations supplying fuel and water.

    d) Provide safe electric charging stations.

    e) Sewage plants and solid or liquid waste receiving stations.

    f) Breakwater to protect Marine Crafts.

    g) Protective supports and bumpers on the piers to protect the MarineCrafts.
  3. The design must be compliant with the quality measures, standards and programs mentioned below to improve the management and operation of Tourist Marinas including but not limited to:

    a) ISO/CD13687:Yacht ports-minimum requirements.

    b) ISO 14000- Environmental management.

    c) ISO 9000- Quality Management.

    d) Blue Flag- the environmental sign of beaches.

4. Provide separate pedestrian walkways and roads for light vehicles and heavy vehicles such as trucks, cranes, forklifts, and others with parking areas for vehicles as clearly defined as possible.

5. Corridors and facilities for people with disabilities must be adapted.

6. Pedestrian paths should be free of obstructions and trip-and-tripping hazards.

7. Provide guidance to Tourist Marina users in terms of signs or other notices before starting work

8. The presence of clear instructions on navigational aids for entry and exit from the Tourist Marina

Article 5 (5): Tourist Marinas Management System

  1. The Marina Operator must have an integrated management system, which usually deals with everyone in terms of tourism and leisure operations, and there is a set of rules and conditions that must be adhered to.
  2. Marinas must be fully equipped in terms of personnel, provided that there is a sufficient number on duty to ensure the adequacy of human cadres in the night shift and seven days a week to deal with any accidents as specified in the risk assessment.
  3. Additional considerations related to occupational health, safety and environment in the marinas management system include:

    a) Inform the marina administration office as soon as possible after any accident that causes injury to any person or damage to any public or private property inside the marina building, and the marina management office in turn reports the incidents to the competent authorities.

    b) The marina should have procedures to investigate and report accidents

    c) The marina must have a record of accidents.
  4. The existence of a list of prohibited activities in clearly visible locations for beneficiaries - unless permission is expressly obtained from the concerned authorities - according to the following:

    a) Hazardous or flammable materials may only be brought in or stored on board the Marine Craft in properly secured containers designed to contain such materials against leakage while ensuring that they are securely covered.

    b) Appropriate drainage facilities shall be used in the Tourist Marina, it is the responsibility of the Marina Operator to ensure that no environmental pollution occurs within the Tourist Marina basin, and the moored Marine Craft shall use their tanks for wastewater toilets before its subsequent discharge through the disposal facilities provided by the Tourist Marina.

    c) Unauthorized materials or tools that are strictly prohibited.

    d) Fishing is not allowed in the Tourist Marina.

    e) The use of open flames, charcoal or burning wood for barbecue on board the Marine Craft is not allowed during berthing at the Tourist Marina.

    f) Water skiing, marine races, surfing, water flying, swimming, and diving are not permitted in the Tourist Marina unless expressly authorized by the concerned authorities.
  5. The marina management system should also determine the aspects and requirements of the workers below according to the following:

    1. The general appearance of the facility (and good maintenance indicators).

    2. Management Office from inside and outside

    3. Lighting around the facilities of the Tourist Marina.

    4. Clear identification of dock structures, mooring vehicles, and mooring buoys, with a permanently installed number

    5. Sanitation in which the waste disposal facilities provided by the Tourist Marina must be well maintained and emptied frequently

    6. Providing pumping stations and storage tanks for liquid and solid Marine Craft waste.

Article VI (6) Health, Safety and Environment Department

Health, safety, and environmental requirements must be adhered to, as Tourist Marinas must take the following:

  1. All necessary measures to protect the environment and marine wildlife in locations where Maritime and marine activities are carried out within the Geographical Scope.
  2. Commitment to the berthing sites specified according to the approved nautical charts.

  3. Commitment to implement local and international guidelines, directives and instructions for environmental protection issued by the relevant authorities

  4. Any act or activity that causes direct or indirect damage to the environment and marine wildlife shall be carried out within the Geographical Scope as a result of the dumping of waste.

  5. Any act or activity that causes direct or indirect damage to the environment and marine wildlife shall be carried out within the Geographical Scope as a result of the leakage of all types of oils.

  6. Comply with any related regulations issued regarding the protection of the environment and marine wildlife from noise pollution

  7. Adopting all systems and technical means that contribute to preventing pollution.

  8. Commitment to the application of all comprehensive security and safety rules for international navigational systems and marine environment preservation systems.

  9. Clearly distinguish obstacles with special markings for floats.

  10. Placing speed markers inside canals and roads within the boundaries of the Tourist Marina.

  11. The presence of mooring buoys is sufficiently spaced and provide sufficient access to Tourist Marinas.

  12. Provide secure detention areas or berths on both sides to prevent congestion.

  13. Ensure the safety of people including Marine Crafts and those operating the lock or bridge from the risk of fall and damage.

  14. Take all reasonable means to regulate the affairs of Tourist Marinas responsibly and effectively, considering the ability to manage risks and manage crowds.

  15. Take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of persons and their luggage and that they do not contain any hazardous substances.

  16. Conduct a risk assessment and document key findings.

  17. Develop a set of operational guidelines that describe the main procedures to be followed during a hazard.

  18. Update risk assessments and operating instructions annually if necessary.

  19. Develop procedures for recording and analyzing safety incidents (accident investigation and reporting).

  20. Ensure staff training and competencies to deal with all identified risk scenarios.

  21. Ensure effective communication with all staff and beneficiaries.

  22. Conduct periodic inspection to ensure good maintenance of the facility.

  23. Obtain a copy of the safety requirements issued by the General Directorate of Civil Defense and the organization of this activity.

  24. Risk assessment procedures should be provided, and key findings documented according to the following:

    a) All possible danger sand their consequences.

    b) The likelihood of risk occurring.

    c) Existing guarantees.

    d) Risk reduction procedures according to the design of the marine Tourist Marina site, the expected number of marine vessels and beneficiaries

Article VII (7): Battery charging and refueling stations

  1. 1 Safety aspects must be taken into account when supplying fuel to Marine Craft, whether through mechanical or electrical means, including:

    a) Fuel storage facilities and fuel berths are appropriately designed and located.

    b) The site should be in well-maintained and well-protected areas away from wave traffic, with stable platforms for refueling the Marine Craft.

    c) Access to clearly defined fuel berths shall be to facilitate the parking of the Marine Craft in sufficient space without adverse impact on the pumping lines of the other Marine Craft.

    d) Fuel dispensers including nozzles and hoses work well, are effectively maintained and protected from physical damage.

    e) The distributors must be equipped with valves and fire hoses that operate with separate devices.

    f) Dispensers are closed when the employee is not on duty.

    g) Pump signage should be visible and have effective maintenance.

    h) Distributed displays should be protected from UV damage and vandalism.
  1. 2 Controls in place to reduce the risk of steam ignition include:

    a) Automatic leak detection systems for above-ground, underground, pavement tanks, pipes and dispensers.

    b) Secondary containment of fuel tank tanks and pipes.

    c) Emergency fuel shutdown with clearly posted instructions for easy access, with the shut-off valve in a conspicuous place.

    d) Post public safety notices around sidewalks and fuel pumps that include signs on fuel dispensers such as "No Smoking" , "Engine Shutdown" , and Emergency Fuel Stop Signs.

    e) Apply the no-smoking policy where smoking is not allowed near fuel dispensers, and signs are posted accordingly.

    f) Place safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, emergency stairs, eyewash stations and oil spill collection in an easily accessible location and placed in their appropriate locations, providing clear operating instructions when needed.

    g) Safe practices for unloading fuel tankers inside facilities.

    h) Filled and empty LPG cylinders must be stored in a manner with respect for security and safety.

1.3 The necessary approval and certification are required for petrol operating stations.

1.4 The Tourist Marina shall have procedures for investigating and reporting accidents and the Tourist Marina shall have a record of accidents.

1.5 Ensure that staff are trained in hospitality services, adhere to uniforms, and have sufficient knowledge of languages to enable communication with beneficiaries.

1.6 Specific mooring buoys shall be designated for the Marine Craft, and the safety aspects that must be considered in the cruise Tourist Marina during the risk assessment include the following: Provide bumpers or other mooring devices evaluated by the Tourist Marina that do not impose a risk to the Marine Craft.

2. Battery charging stations:

2.1 Keep chargers away from combustible materials on site.

2.2 Install chargers on a safe, non-combustible wall.

2.3 Protect chargers from collision hazards.

2.4 Hang cables and lift them off the floor to prevent damage, for example through the use of a spring- tip pulley.

2.5 Provide suitable handheld fire extinguishers.

2.6 Provide appropriate detectors, for example: hydrogen detectors in the ceiling of charging areas, with an EG LAQ system interconnected with battery chargers in case of hydrogen detection.

2.7 The presence of one emergency switch (circuit breaker) to cut off the electrical supply.

2.8 Maintenance procedures to include battery charging stations.

Article VIII (8): Flammable Materials

  1. Safety standards must be observed for flammable or hazardous materials stored on site and provided by the Tourist Marina as follows:

    a) Clear signage and signs follow to classify the safety of materials and products.

    b) Measures to reduce the use of hazardous substances and to promote the use of environmentally friendly alternative materials.

    c) Existing measures and controls to address risks specific to materials and products.

    d) Relevant areas with no smoking signs.

    e) Flammable materials such as paint and solvents are not stored in battery charging rooms or in mooring vehicles, and relevant signs or notices must be prominently placed or stipulated in the lease.

    f) Flammable materials should be secured only in areas where fire detectors and stationary firefighting systems are provided.

    g) Secondary containment storage systems for hazardous materials and waste, for example when they are near or above water

2. Compliance with health and safety requirements for hazardous materials and methods of their storage in accordance with the legislation in force.

Article IX (9): Lifesaving Equipment for Public Use

  1. The provision of life-saving equipment for public use in the risk assessment of the Tourist Marina should address:

    a. Assess risk based on the ages, abilities of people and the likelihood of people falling into the water .

    b. Water conditions, temperature, depth and flow conditions.

    c. The probability of self-recovery.

    d. The possibility of rescue from others in the vicinity.

    e. The Marina Operator and staff require all passengers to use life jackets

    f. The use of life jackets by marina staff in appropriate situations, such as during hours of darkness or bad weather.
  2. The Marina Operator shall take into account the standards for life-saving equipment and its types when assessing its risks in accordance with the following:

    a. Large rescue buoys certified in accordance with the requirements of the SOLAS Convention and suitable for falling into water near the injured person.

    b. With small or medium rescue floats with a floating rope suitable for throwing.

    c. Throw a bag with integrated floating tools and suitable ropes in the place where the water flows.
  3. Life-saving equipment should be located as part of the risk assessment exercise, and risk assessment considerations should be as follows:

    a) Ensure that life-saving equipment is located in strategic locations around the Tourist Marina.

    b) Be as specified during the risk assessment.

    c) That the rescuer can see her.

    d) If there are unavoidable obstructions to visibility, signs should indicate the nearest life-saving equipment location
  4. Regular inspection and maintenance of life-saving equipment is essential and should be part of the operational procedures at the cruise marina

Article X (10): Anchorage of Marine Crafts

The Marine Craft must be secured at designated mooring areas with available mooring arrangements, and safety aspects that must be considered at Tourist Marinas during risk assessment include the following:

  1. Providing bumpers or other mooring devices evaluated by the Tourist Marina that do not impose a risk to the safety of the Marine Craft, and they shall be replaced and charged to the lessee or user unless otherwise agreed.
  2. The presence of elements installed by the owner or user of the Marine Craft of the raft or pier, and these elements must be subject to immediate removal, and disposal by the Tourist Marina at the expense of the user or tenant unless agreed to do so.

Article XI (11): Navigational Services

  1. Safety in navigational aids must be considered during risk assessment and are as follows:

    a) Clear guidelines on navigational aids for entry and exit from the Tourist Marina.

    b) Clearly distinguish obstacles with special markings for floats.

    c) Placing speed markers inside canals and roads within the boundaries of the Tourist Marina.

    d) The design and installation of all navigational aids should be in line with international standards such as the International Association of Navigational Aids and Lighthouses.

    e) The mooring buoys are sufficiently spaced apart and provide sufficient berth for boats.
  2. Safety aspects of risk assessment at the Tourist Marina, in terms of the expected number of Marine Crafts and land traffic, shall be addressed as follows:

    a) Provide secure detention areas or berths on both sides to prevent congestion.

    b) A signal for "safe follow-up" – either a simple line of sight or traffic light systems.

    c) Ensure the safety of people, including marine mediators and those operating the lock or bridge, from the risk of fall and damage.
  3. Safety standards must be observed during the risk assessment in weather warnings as follows:

    a) Provide a clear communication plan to convey warnings of adverse weather conditions as indicated by the concerned authorities to all users of the marina.

    b) Provide bulletin boards with relevant weather information for marine brokers and how to update them.
  4. Safety standards must be observed during risk assessment in very high frequency means of communication as follows:

    a) Provide very high frequency means of communication, especially for coastal sites.

    b) The presence of persons licensed to supervise the use of very high frequency means of communication if provided

Article XII (12): Obligations and Rights of Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries shall abide by the following:

  1. Not to remove, cause damage or destroy the property of Tourist Marinas.
  2. Do not photograph or approach restricted areas in Tourist Marinas.

Beneficiaries have the right to:

  1. Obtain decent service.

  2. Obtain a full and accurate explanation of tourist sites.

  3. The right of the beneficiary to address his complaint.

Article XIII (13): General Provisions

  1. The Authority shall issue the necessary controls and procedures to implement the provisions of this Regulation.
  2. All those to whom the provisions of this Regulation apply shall be bound by what the Authority issues in implementation thereof.

Article XIV (14): Adoption and Amendment of the Regulations

This Regulation shall be issued by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Authority, and any

amendments thereto, whether by deletion, addition or cancellation shall be approved.

Article XV (15): Publication and Validity of the Regulations

This Regulation shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall enter into force 90 days after the date of its publication.