The Ministry of Vitality and Infrastructure on Wednesday acknowledged the efforts and achievements of the Mission to Seafarers charity and its regional director, Andy Bowerman, in supporting seafarers in the course of the pandemic.
The charity, which represents ships’ crews worldwide, has offered assist lately to marine crews who’ve run into difficulties off the UAE waters.
Most just lately, it supported a crew of 5 males who spent 43 months at sea after their tanker’s proprietor fell right into a monetary disaster.
The Service provider Tanker Iba cut up from its anchorage in tough seas and drifted on to a public seashore in Umm Al Quwain in January final 12 months. Owed $170,000 collectively, the crew have been lastly paid and capable of return residence.
Hessa Al Malek, adviser to the Minister for Maritime Transport Affairs, Ministry of Vitality and Infrastructure, stated the UAE had been pioneer in guaranteeing the welfare of the seafarers’ neighborhood.
“The Ministry of Vitality and Infrastructure has launched many initiatives that assist seafarers, together with the Supporting our Blue Military initiative, which goals to enhance the standard of our seafarers’ lives whereas they’re throughout the premises of the UAE,” stated Ms Al Malek.
“The initiative protects seafarers’ rights with ship homeowners and working firms, in addition to helps seafarers overcome their challenges.
“In mild of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UAE has taken a step ahead by classifying seafarers as ‘precedence staff’ as they’ve been on the entrance line because the onset of the pandemic, offering vital providers regardless of difficult circumstances.”
The Mission to Seafarers charity is among the largest port-based welfare operators on the earth, offering providers in about 200 ports in 50 international locations.
In the course of the top of the pandemic, their providers turned invaluable to sea staff globally.
Andy Bowerman, regional director for the charity, whose tenure within the function is shortly coming to an finish, thanked the ministry for offering assist to seafarers and taking good care of their affairs.
“Mission to Seafarers actually appreciates the co-operation we now have obtained from the ministry, particularly in the course of the unprecedented circumstances we confronted in the course of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he stated.
“The practices the UAE has adopted and the legal guidelines and laws it has issued, contribute to creating it one of many main international locations worldwide when it comes to working in direction of the welfare of seafarers by supporting them and defending their rights.”
As a part of the Supporting our Blue Military initiative, the ministry honoured Mr Bowerman in recognition of his efforts and achievements in supporting seafarers and following up on their wants throughout his tenure within the UAE.
Ms Malek praised Mr Bowerman for his work in caring for seafarers and offering assist to them, particularly in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ministry combines all its initiatives aimed toward supporting seafarers and defending their rights underneath the Supporting our Blue Military initiative.
It goals to offer a nationwide platform for presidency and personal organisations, in addition to native and worldwide NGOs, to collaborate and work in direction of enhancing the standard of seafarers’ lives.
Below the initiative, a Cupboard decision was issued that obliges all UAE-flagged ships and foreign-flagged ships in UAE waters or ports to ensure the rights of seafarers and fulfil their wants.
An settlement has additionally been signed with the Worldwide Transport Staff’ Federation to boost co-operation in supporting sailors.
This gives materials and ethical assist to seafarers within the UAE — together with free medical remedy and Covid-19 vaccines and permitting crew replacements when required.
Greater than 214,000 seafarers confined to their ships have been assisted within the alternative course of and returned to their residence international locations in the course of the pandemic.
Supply: The Nationwide Information