Kenya and Jamaica sign an MOU for recognition of STCW certificates for seafarers

Dec, 18th 2020 – Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica to enable reciprocal recognition of STCW certificates for seafarers for their nationals. On behalf of the Jamaican Government, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral (ret’d) Peter Brady, signed the MOU during a ceremony conducted online due to pandemic restrictions. 

Principal Secretary in the Kenyan State Department of Shipping and Maritime, Nancy Karigithu, signed on behalf of the Republic of Kenya, accompanied by newly-appointed Director General of the Kenya Maritime Authority Robert Njue.  

She said, “We truly appreciate that going forward, the citizens of our two great nations can draw benefits in terms of maritime education and job opportunities in the shipping industry, following the execution of the undertaking on the recognition and endorsement of certificates as prescribed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended”

The agreement means that Jamaican seafarers will now be able to serve on Kenyan-flagged vessels, and vice-versa. This undertaking is unique in that it establishes a Joint Committee on Shipping and Maritime Affairs. 

We are linked by our past and we are determined to move our economies into the future by building partnerships and leveraging the maritime opportunities that abound in the global sphere,” Brady said.

The joint committee’s mandate is not limited to the review of the implementation of the undertaking but extends to conducting joint studies in the field of maritime transport and facilitating discussions of maritime safety, security, education and training.

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