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UAE and Saudi Arabia Sign MoU on Maritime Training

UAE MOEI UAE, Saudi and Other Officials Attend the Signing of the Agreement
The UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) and Saudi Arabia’s Transport General Authority (TGA) have signed an MoU for mutual recognition of maritime certificates issued in both countries.

The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, in observing the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978, and its amendments, has a shared vision to ensure the highest standards of maritime safety.

According to the MoU, “both sides recognise 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, as well as seafarers on board ships flying the flag of the other party, in line with the international regulations and agreements,” a joint statement said.

"The UAE and Saudi Arabia are keen to enhance strategic cooperation and economic, trade and development integration between the two countries. 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, Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE minister of energy and infrastructure, said.

“It reflects the strong relationship that stems from the keenness to implement the shared vision of the two countries. The Council focuses on leadership in many vital areas such as renewable energy, the logistics sector, housing and infrastructure, oil, gas, petrochemicals, production and industry. This ensures the development of the relevant sectors and the strengthening of sectoral links in the two countries for a secure and prosperous future.”

“At the Public Transport Authority, we work to develop the fleet of 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,” Capt. Abdulrahman Al-Thonayan, deputy for maritime transport, Transport General Authority, Saudi Arabia, 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. The MoU with MOEI will contribute to the progress of the maritime sector in both countries in line with our shared vision to ensure the proficiency of people working in the maritime sector to carry out their tasks according to the highest international standards. This ensures the safety of lives and property at sea, in addition to protecting the marine environment.”