The UAE and Panama have inked a Memorandum of Understanding covering seafarer training, safety and watchkeeping, and mutual recognition of certificates.

The MoU was signed between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the UAE and the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) at the IMO.

As part of the agreement seafarers who hold the certificates of competency and proficiency to serve onboard vessels registered under the flag of either parties.

H.E. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said, “Seafarers are at the heart of our industry and are the drivers of the global supply chain. It is our duty to ensure that we work towards their welfare. 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 regarding certifications, trainings, watchkeeping, and labour maritime affairs of our seafarers.”

The agreement also aims to establish measures to ensure that seafarers are educated with appropriate knowledge of the maritime legislation.

Mohammed Khamis Al Kaabi, UAE Permanent Representative at the IMO said, “As a result of our collaboration with the Panama Maritime Authority, we look forward to providing better training to our seafarers, along with improved facilities, and more recognized certification for their nature of work. As part of our agreement, we will be communicating with each other regarding our training and certification procedures. This will allow us to learn from one another, and also discuss better ways to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge of our seafarers.”

Source: Seatrade Maritime News