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KINGSTON, Jamaica, (JIS) – Jamaica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Kenya for the Reciprocal Recognition of Requirements of Coaching Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW) Certificates for Seafarers by Nationals.
The endeavor is for the popularity and endorsement of certificates underneath Regulation I/10 of the Worldwide Conference on STCW for Seafarers, 1978.
Talking through the digital signing ceremony on Thursday, December 17, director-general of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady, mentioned the MAJ and, by extension, the federal government of Jamaica are proud to be a co-signatory of the settlement.
He added that the diploma of significance that has been positioned on the endeavor is grounded in the truth that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic didn’t deter each international locations from executing the endeavor.
Admiral Brady identified that the proposal developed from dialogue between himself and the principal secretary of the State Division of Transport and Maritime, ministry of transport, infrastructure, housing city growth and public works of Kenya, Nancy Karigithu.
The director-general mentioned the signing of the MOU was a major event for the seafarers of each international locations ‘and, certainly, our respective maritime dad or mum our bodies, and governments as we utilise the ability of the Worldwide Conference on STCW for Seafarers to permit our skilled mariners to legally work onboard the ships which can be flagged by our two international locations’. He mentioned that it was additionally symbolic of the sturdy relationship Jamaica shares with Kenya.
‘We’re linked by our previous and we’re decided to maneuver our economies into the long run by constructing partnerships and leveraging the maritime alternatives,’ Admiral Brady said.
In line with him, the MAJ recognises that seafarers have to be educated and licensed according to the requirements stipulated by the STCW Conference, if worldwide recognition is to be maintained.
‘Our accepted maritime establishments and our administrations are acknowledged by the IMO’s panel of competent individuals and are on IMO’s white checklist of nations that are deemed to provide full and full impact to the STCW Conference as amended,’ he mentioned.
‘That is very vital as a result of, internationally, buying and selling ships function at world requirements required by worldwide guidelines and measures promulgated in treaties or conventions by the Worldwide Maritime Group (IMO). Each our international locations have acceded to the STCW Conference which has been enshrined in our respective home legal guidelines,’ the director-general added.
He argued that Kenya and Jamaica proudly serve on the IMO governing physique as Council members, which locations an additional obligation on each territories to make sure that, amongst different areas of maritime security and safety and the commentary of the best marine environmental requirements at sea, Kenyan and Jamaican seafarers who function the ships that conduct world commerce should additionally preserve their high quality requirements as extremely educated seafarers with internationally recognised certificates of competence.
Admiral Brady expressed hope that the settlement will serve to strengthen maritime relationships and, by extension, the economies of each international locations and serve to construct additional cooperation in lots of different areas.
For her half, Karigithu mentioned her authorities was appreciative that, going ahead, the residents of each international locations will be capable of derive advantages by way of maritime training and job alternatives within the transport trade, following the execution of the endeavor.
‘Permit me, on behalf of the federal government of Kenya, to specific my honest gratitude to the federal government of Jamaica for the unwavering assist you have got supplied throughout this endeavour to conclude a written endeavor to determine preparations for the popularity and endorsement of certificates underneath regulation I/10 of the STCW Conference,’ she mentioned.
‘We recognize the mutual advantages that can accrue underneath this Enterprise, together with assist for coaching [and where possible employment] of our seafarers onboard our flagged vessels and cooperation in maritime training and coaching with the intention to obtain sustainable development,’ she added.
Karigithu additionally expressed appreciation for the wonderful diplomatic relations between the 2 nations and confidence that the endeavor will additional deepen the partnership.
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