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UAE, Saudi Arabia sign MoU for mutual recognition of maritime training

While the IMF projects a slightly slower growth rate for 2023, both nations have proven their capacity to weather unprecedented challenges.
  • The move is in line to ensure the highest standards of maritime safety and within the outcomes of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.
  • This is as per the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 and its amendments.

LONDON, UK – The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) and the Transport General Authority (TGA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual recognition of maritime certificates issued in the two countries.

The move is in line with their shared vision to ensure the highest standards of maritime safety and within the outcomes of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.

This is in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978 and its amendments.

The MoU was signed by Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, and Capt. Abdulrahman Matooq Al-Thonayan, Deputy for Maritime Transport, Transport General Authority in Saudi Arabia.

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure was also present on the occasion.

The MoU was signed at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) headquarters in London.

As per the MoU, both sides recognize education, training and certificates of competency in the maritime sector, as well as medical fitness certificates for seafarers issued by maritime bodies and authorities in the other country.

The two countries will recognize seafarers on board ships flying the flag of the other party, in line with the international regulations and agreements.

Suhail Al Mazrouei said, “The wise leadership in both the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are keen to enhance strategic cooperation and economic, trade and development integration between the two countries.”

He said, “The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council is an exceptional model in the region where strategic visions and national interests are integrated to serve the people of both countries.”

He added, “The Council focuses on leadership in renewable energy, logistics, housing, infrastructure, oil, gas, petrochemicals and production.”

Suhail Al Mazrouei said, “This ensures the development and the strengthening of industry links in the two countries for a secure and prosperous future.”

He said, “We are committed to promoting integration with various authorities and parties in the maritime industry inside and outside of the UAE to enhance the sector’s competitiveness.”

He added, “The agreement will ensure the efficiency of operations, safety of maritime transport, protection of property, as well as protecting the marine environment locally, regionally and globally.”

Hessa Al Malek said, “The UAE is a leading global maritime hub and is committed to providing quality maritime education and training.”

He said, “Certificates issued by competent bodies in the UAE are based on the highest international standards and accredited by top global organizations and bodies.”

He added, “The UAE has agreements with major countries in the maritime sector that have contributed to enhancing its global competitiveness.”

Capt. Abdulrahman Matooq Al-Thonayan said, “At the Public Transport Authority, we work to develop ships that carry the Saudi flag and enhance the capabilities of seafarers on board these ships in line with international safety, protection of the marine environment and maritime security standards issued by the IMO.”

He said, “In addition to its regulatory role, the Public Transport Authority provides an efficient and high-quality transport environment using the latest technologies to enhance economic and social development and achieve Vision 2030.”

He added, “The MoU will contribute to the progress of the maritime sector in both countries. This ensures the safety of lives and property at sea, in addition to protecting the marine environment.”