Saudi & Egypt sign MoU on mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Transport General Authority (TGA), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates between the government of the Kingdom and the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The MoU was signed by the Acting President of TGA, Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, and from the Egyptian side, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Authority for Maritime Safety (EAMS), Rear Admiral Hussein Mustafa Al-Jaziri, in the presence of the Saudi Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Osama bin Ahmed Naqli.

During the signing ceremony for MoU, the Saudi Ambassador to Egypt exchanged documents ratifying the agreement concluded between the two fraternal countries in the field of maritime cooperation.

This comes with the aim of recognizing the education, training and qualifying certificates for seafarers working on ships between the Kingdom and Egypt, and regarding levels of training, certification and shift work for seafarers, and ensuring the efficiency of officers and seafarers working on board ships belonging to the two countries and their eligibility to carry out their duties in order to achieve optimal standards of maritime safety, property protection, preservation of the marine environment.

The agreement also includes the possibility of visiting departments maritime and maritime education and training institutions of the other party in order to see the capabilities in implementing the requirements of maritime training and education and issuance of certificates, standards for issuing certificates, procedures for endorsement, renewal, suspension or cancellation of certificates, as well as exchanging information regarding the validity of the certificate and ensuring its validity, and establishing an electronic database of maritime personnel and other levels of the organization.

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