THE First Registry of Ships in the World (Panama) with 8,500 ships registered under its flag, and MSC Shipmanagement Limited, a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), aimed at promoting job opportunities for Panamanian officers, cadets, and subordinate personnel.

Furthermore, the MOU establishes specialized maritime education and training programmes for Panamanian seafarers who need to work on board the various ship segments, reports Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide. The Panama Marine Authority's (AMP's) director of the general directorate of seafarers Juan Maltez declared that it's "a great achievement for Panama". He said the seafarer contracting market currently shows an encouraging development and behaviour, after having received a strong boost, through this management.

He said this boost had been achieved by approaching, coordinating and joining efforts with the different maritime, logistics and port sectors, both public and private maritime universities, as well as visiting important shipping companies and enterprises. Mr Maltez said thesevarious efforts helped "to promote the placement in the national and international maritime industry of Panamanian officers, cadets, and seafarers, who have high-level professional training, competitiveness and who are at the forefront of the technological requirements that guarantee safe and reliable maritime transport, favouring the image of our country and the competence of our seafarers."

Source : Schednet