signed an MoU with the Republic of Korea on Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency of Seafarers opening
opportunities for Indian sea farers for employment in Korean ships.
The MOU paves
the way for the two governments to mutually recognize the certificates of
maritime education and training, competency, endorsements and medical fitness
of seafarers issued by each other.
agreement was signed by Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, and his Korean
counterpart Kim Young-choon at a ceremony in Busan on April tenth.
on the occasion Mr.Gadkari said that the signing of the agreement will benefit
both countries. Korea is a large ship owning nation. As of now, Korean entities
own more than 500 foreign going ships, and need seafarers to work on their
fleet. India has around 1,54,349
seafarers. The agreement will open up employment opportunities for Indian
seafarers on Korean ships.
is on a four day visit to the Republic of Korea since April ninth. On the
second day of his official visit, he held bilateral meeting with the South
Korean Oceans Minister Kim Young-choon. He visited Busan Port and attended India -
Korea Maritime Cooperation Forum (IKMCF). Mr Gadkariís visit is aimed at
strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in shipping,
ports, inland waterways, highways, river interlinking and infrastructure sectors.