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Cabinet clears decks for more seafarer jobs

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  • Indian seafarers will be eligible to be placed on ships under the flag of another country for employment, thus leading to increased employment opportunities, the government said. “The bilateral MoU would, therefore, make the seafarers of both countries eligible for employment on ships of either party, based on the certificates so recognised,” an official statement said.

Source | | ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the model memorandum of understanding (MoU) for unilateral or bilateral recognition of certificates of competency of seafarers, which will help Indian seafarers find opportunities on ships under the flag of other countries.

The MoU has been approved pursuant to Regulation 1/10 of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) of Seafarers, 1978, to be signed between the Directorate General of Shipping and its counterparts in foreign countries, with the approval of the ministers of shipping and external affairs.

“The unilateral MoU would facilitate unilateral recognition by another country of the certificates issued by the Directorate General of Shipping to Indian seafarers, without seeking similar recognition by India of the certificates issued by that country,” an official statement said.

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