Both parties will educate and improve capabilities of seafarers in addition to recognizing their certifications across borders
The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) at IMO premises in London for a period of five years, in order to ensure improved training for seafarers, recognition of certificates at the end of both the parties, and better watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level.
As part of the MoU, the UAE Ministry and AMP will enable seafarers who hold the certificates of competency and proficiency to serve onboard vessels registered under the flag of either parties.
The agreement aims to establish measures to ensure that seafarers are educated with appropriate knowledge of the maritime legislation, and are given training about the maritime laws and regulations to ensure that they acquire the required capabilities for the functions they are permitted to perform.
“As agreed with the Panama Maritime Authority, not only will the certificates of our seafarers issued by either of us be recognized for near-costal voyages, we will also work towards strengthening the technical and administrative capabilities,” observed Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
“The UAE has always been at the forefront of ensuring the progress of the maritime sector while also ensuring the welfare of our seafarers,” noted Mohammed Khamis Al Kaabi, UAE Permanent Representative at the IMO. “Our aim through such agreements is to recognise and appreciate marine crews, and put them on an equal footing with priority categories,” asserted Capt. Abdulla Darwish Al Hayyas, Director of Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.