Muscat, The Ministry of Transport and

Communications (MoTC) has prepared a number of regulations in

accordance with the requirements of international agreements

concerning the qualification, training and licensing of various

categories of seafarers.

The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of

Transport and Communications, has taken a positive step in this regard

in preparation for the signing of memorandums of understanding

(MoU) with the European Union (EU) countries for the recognition of

maritime certificates of competence. Memorandums of understanding

(MoU) with those countries will facilitate non-Omani seafarers to work

on Omani vessels and Omani seafarers to work on vessels of those

countries and to recognize the certificates issued to them by the

Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The recognition is part of the efforts of the Ministry of Transport

and Communications, represented by the Directorate General of

Maritime Affairs to upgrade its services internationally. It has completed

the procedures to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU)

for the mutual recognition of the certificates of seafarers working on

ships with Arab and foreign countries including the EU member states.

Such recognition came fter a visit by the European Maritime Safety

Agency (EMSA) team, representing the EU countries to the Sultanate

and verifying the system of training and certification of seafarers in the

Sultanate to ensure their compliance with the International Maritime

Organization (IMO) and the EU in this regard.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications, represented by

the Directorate General of Maritime Affairs signed a memorandum of

understanding (MoU) for the mutual recognition of the certificates of

seafarers working on ships with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and

the Marshall Islands, as well as with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Sultanate’s accreditation, represented by the Ministry of

Transport and Communications, has recently been renewed in the

White List of IMO, which complies with international standards for the

qualification, training and licensing of seafarers.

Source: Oman News Agency