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CABINET APPROVES MOU BETWEEN THE MARITIME SAFETY AUTHORITY OF FIJI AND NATIONAL TRANSPORT AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

3/18/2013
Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The MOU will allow the National Transport Authority of the UAE to recognize and endorse the Certificates issued by MSAF to Fijian Seafarers. There are approximately 500 Fijian Seafarers onboard Foreign Flag Ships.

Cabinet based its decision on a submission by the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Captain (N) Timoci Lesi Natuva.

Fiji is a signatory to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (IMO STCW Convention 1978), which establishes the basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level.

The STCW 1978 has been amended in 1995 and again under the Manila Amendments of 2010.

The Minister said that the MOU will allow UAE’s National Transport Authority to recognize and endorse Certificates issued by MSAF provided the training and assessment of the Fijian Seafarers are administered and monitored in accordance with the (IMO STCW Convention 1978) and the relevant amendments of 1995 and 2010.

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