The Union Cabinet approved the Model Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for unilateral and bilateral recognition of Certificates, in accordance to Regulation 1/10 of International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978. It will be signed between the Directorate General of Shipping, GoI and its counterparts in foreign countries after the approval of Minister-in-charge of Shipping and the Minister of External Affairs (MEA).
The MoU will facilitate unilateral recognition by another country of the certificates issued by the Directorate General of Shipping to Indian seafarers. It will not seek similar recognition by India of the certificates issued by that country. Under this MoU, Indian Seafarers will be eligible to be placed on ships under the flag of that country for employment, this will lead to increased employment opportunities.
The bilateral MoU focuses to enable India and another country to mutually recognize maritime education and training, certificates of competency, endorsements, documentary evidence of training and medical fitness certificates, issued to the seafarers who are citizens of respective countries in accordance with the provisions of regulation 1/10 of the STCW Convention
The MoU will make the seafarers of both the countries to be eligible for employment on ships of either party based on the certificates so recognized. It will benefit a large pool of trained seafarers in India.