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Monday, December 31, 2012 - 14:45

The National Maritime Authority (Dimar) is the Colombian Maritime Authority in charge of executing the maritime policy of the government. The purposes of Dimar is to direct, coordinate and control all maritime activities in the terms indicated byDecree-Law 2324 of 1984 and following regulations. Therefore it has a solid structure which contributes to strengthening Colombian maritime power, ensuring comprehensive maritime safety, protecting human life at sea, promoting maritime activities and the maritime scientific and technological development of the country.

It exerts its duties across the length and breadth of the Colombian maritime jurisdiction; 928,660 km2 equivalent to 44.85% of the national territory and 2,900 kms of coastal line (Pacific and Caribbean shoreline), besides the main rivers located in border areas and the MagdalenaRiver in its 27 final kms before its outpour into the sea.

Its jurisdiction goes beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with respect to its acts within the concept of a flag state.

The current organizational structure of Dimar is established by Decree 5057 of 2009 and Ministerial Resolution 2143 of 2010.  The cornerstone of said structure is a process based on processes, which give way to the spirit of the quality management system of the entity, certified by SGS Colombia. Dimar complies with Public Management Quality Technical Standard NTCGP 1000 and ISO 9001 since 2008, under the scope "direct, coordinate and control maritime activities in Colombian maritime jurisdiction”.

Entity Structure

In order to ensure better services and exercise its duties and mandated powers, the National Maritime Authority has a management structure which enables greater approach to the maritime sector by means of quality management, responsiveness, transparency and enablement.

Furthermore its performance is developed in line with three figures: Coastal state, Port State Control and Flag State:

Coastal State:

Dimar performs its duties in maritime spaces and borderline rivers through a regulation to that end.Conversely its work focuses on management, preservation and exploration of natural resources andmaritime traffic control to guarantee compliance of regulations regarding safeguarding comprehensive maritime security, with the purpose of avoiding accidents due to vessel operational causes, human error, pollution and reduction of threats that endanger the integrity of the Colombian territory.

Port State Control:

Dimar exerts management, operational and legal control over foreign vessels which arrive to Colombian ports based on maritime safety regulations and protection of the marine environment.

Flag State:

The maritime authority, besides upholding regulations which govern construction, equipment, management, and safety of vessels registered in Colombia, is the entity responsible for education and certification of professionals interested in exercising maritime activities.

Mission Statement

The National Maritime Authority is the National Maritime Authority which executes government policies in maritime matters, whose main objectives is to guide, coordinate and control maritime activities in the terms specified under Decree-Law 2324 of 1984 and the regulations issued for its fulfillment, advancement  and encouragement of the maritime development of the country.

Vision Statement

For 2019,be the articulating authority of the change into a Maritime Country.

Quality Policy

The National Maritime Authority based on its strategic steering will offer its services to the maritime sector with quality, by means of effectiveness criteria and continuous improvement in all its processes. For this it will employ its resources in an effective manner through competent officers which are committed to strengthening our institutional management, which will result in projecting Dimar as an influential authority in the national and international scenarios.

Strategic and Quality Objectives

  1. Promote articulated management of the government towards the maritime development of the country.
  2. Articulate management and control of maritime activities within the jurisdictional maritime, fluvial and coastal territory for a comprehensive maritime safety. 
  3. Strengthen the research capability and knowledge generation, development and technological innovation to maximize TMFC coverage.
  4. Consolidate managerial and support processes for an effective administration of the mission statement.

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