Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Natia Turnava and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Recognition of Seafarers’ Certification System.
The UAE is distinguished by modern standards of social and working conditions, including high wages. As of 2020, the Emirates-flagged fleet consists of 631 ships with a total capacity of approximately 740 DWT.
Reforms in the field of maritime education and the establishment of a seafarers’ certification system over the past decade have significantly improved Georgia’s and Georgian seafarers’ reputation in the international maritime market. It is under the influence of these factors that the world employment market for our sailors is expanding every year. Today, Georgian seafarers can get employment on the ships under the 61 flags, including 18 EU member states. Over 80% of the world fleet swims under these flags.
According to Natia Turnava, the reforms carried out during the last decade in the field of maritime education and seafarers’ certification system significantly improved the reputation of Georgia and Georgian sailors in the international maritime space.
“We have signed a very important document with the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, which provides for the recognition of the training certificate for Georgian sailors and allows us to expand the employment area of our sailors. As you know, today our sailors, who are distinguished by good training, courage and professionalism, are employed on ships sailing under the national flags of different countries and there is a great demand for them. Starting today, they will be able to get employed within the fleet of the United Arab Emirates, on ships sailing under their flag,” – Natia Turnava commented.
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