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Saudi checks PH compliance with int’l standards for sailors’ training

April 30, 2024 People's Journal 73 views

A delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has begun the evaluation of the Philippines’ system of maritime education, training, and certification compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

In a statement Tuesday, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) said the visit, which began on April 29 and will end on May 3, aligns with the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the two countries towards the recognition of seafarer’s certificates.

“Under the MOU, both countries are committed to ensuring the quality and proficiency of seafarers through mutual recognition of their certifications,” MARINA said.

During the opening meeting on Monday, STCW Office Executive Director Samuel Batalla said the visit is an opportunity for MARINA to exhibit its dedication to upholding international maritime standards.

“As one of the leading suppliers of seafarers globally, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that our maritime manpower is well-equipped and compliant with international regulations,” Batalla said.

“We are profoundly grateful also for the trust and confidence that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia places in our seafarers.”

Capt. Raad Al-Sobhi, the leader of the KSA delegation, said the visit seeks to activate the MOU between the two countries and facilitate the recognition of STCW certificates.

“We express our hopes that the success of this visit comes out with recommendations that contribute to the success of this memorandum,” Al-Sobhi said. Philippine News Agency